Forgotten Legends75: Billy Robinson
A British Catch Wrestler/instructor who had a career of around four decades with success in Europe, Asia and North America both in terms of title and recognition, Billy Robinson IMO truly epitomizes the term forgotten legend.
Winning amateur championships around Britain, he went on to train in catch wrestling in Snake Pit for eight years.
He came out in 1970 in North America in AWA and quickly won the AWA British Empire Heavyweight championship building up his reputation as a serious wrestler. He beat Dino Bravo to win and become the international champion as well as got the tag titles. He had a run in with Bob Backlund in WWWF in a 60 minute match as well before moving to Japan, where his style was getting popular thanks to Karl Gotch.
He had a couple of matches with Antonio Inoki in what was considered the encounter between two of the best technical wrestlers of that time. He continued to travel around the world putting up against the cream. The UWF in Japan which picked up on the shoot style had him high and in it's peak, he fought against AWA legend Nick Bockwinkel for a exhibition match.
He started training UWF guys in catch style spilling over to MMA guys in scientific wrestling.
With over 20 titles to his name across the globe and a legacy of students in wrestling and MMA, he is a forgotten legend.
Don't fear the axe, fear the man