By Athol Oakley

The tale of Athol Oakley, one of many maximum wrestlers of our time, and the bloody global of wrestling within the early 1900s. Athol labored himself up from a 5 stone teen to a fifteen stone global wrestling champion, combating in hundreds of thousands of bouts all over the world.

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This is a lethal hold called the ‘crooked head scissors’. With this lock it is very easy to break his arm, dislocate it, or break his neck in a matter of seconds if you wish. No one caught in this way by me ever argued, I can assure you! 46 Blue Blood On The Mat When I first began my training, Pojello, to illustrate the point, invited me to attack. He made no initial resistance until the moment when I had one of his shoulders on the mat. Then with supreme effort he caught me in his scissors hold, afterwards literally bouncing to his feet like an India-rubber ball!

Everyone come to see you. You will say, “Thank you, Mr. Pojello. ” You like very much Mr. ’ The main fight was for the world heavyweight championship between Ray Steele, a leading contender, and Jim Londos, Champion of Greece and reigning world champion. The stadium had been sold out for days. Unlike the British journalists, American pressmen know how to write up wrestling, and wrestling here I found was very big business. A few weeks previously ninety thousand people had paid to see Gus Sonnenberg.

Then, like a falling tree, this colossal Texan Champion shivered, and crashed full length to the canvas. . I whipped up both legs, stepped over them and barred his mouth, savagely digging in my knuckles and straining his head7back. Still this steelman did not tap. I pulled my bare knuckles up under his nose which was already streaming blood. I leant forward till I felt his knee joint creak. Casey, most gallant of all men, only groaned but still did not submit. A minute ticked by. I released the face lock and concentrated on the leg lock.

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