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Get ready to rumble! Wrestlers The Undertakers in fight dispute

pitch perfect! In 1997 Boston College students Neil Featherstone and Stuart Bartholomew received Lincs FA under 19 call-ups. They turned out against a Norwich City youth side as well as county representative games.

pitch perfect! In 1997 Boston College students Neil Featherstone and Stuart Bartholomew received Lincs FA under 19 call-ups. They turned out against a Norwich City youth side as well as county representative games.

Fort many years, young children have had their hearts broken when parents turned to them and said those horrific three words - ‘it’s not real’.

No, I’m not talking abouta certain man with a beard, the dentist with wings or the rabbit who hides chocolate.

I’m on about professional wrestling.

Sometimes, it’s crushing for a youngster to be told that his heroes are not involved in sport in the usual sense but, instead, something which is called ‘sports entertainment’.

But back in 1967, an almighty ruck had actually broken out between two rival wrestling factions.

And this was real.

WWE fans will know all about The Undertaker, a man who has been at the top of the game since his on-screen debut in 1990.

But 45 years ago (when the current Undertaker was just two years old), there was also a tag team wrestling in the town and surrounding area, known as The Undertakers.

But who were they?
Well, that was the issue.

Vince Apollo and Leno Larazzi had wrestled under the name for four years, albeit with their identities hidden by masks.

The duo were fighting under their individual stage names at a show put together by Boston wrestler-turned-promoter Bill Clark on a Saturday night show at the town’s Old Drill Hall.

But in the opposite corner was promoter Jack Taylor, who was running a show a day earlier and billing The Undertakers to appear, although using different showmen.

Apollo believed the situation occurred as he and Larazzi (who went by the names Nathaniel and Jonathan when appearing as the Undertakers) had recently left Taylors stable to join up with Clark.

But Taylor’s argument was that it was his company which debuted the wrestlers and therefore he had the rights.

Eventually, both shows went ahead, to the enjoyment of the crowds.

But neither side came out the undisputed winner.

 

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