Great British Wrestlers Directory
Shirley Crabtree, better known in the ring as Big Daddy, was a former rugby league player, coalminer and Coldstream Guardsman before following in his father's footsteps and becoming a professional wrestler. He made his debut in 1952 and made a big name for himself on the Independent circuit. Back then he was known as The Battling Guardsman, The Blonde Adonis or Mr Universe depending on what promotion he was working for at the time. He quit the sport for over 15 years but was tempted back to the ring in the 70's by his brother Max - a former wrestler himself and now a top promoter - who changed Shirley's name to Big Daddy. With his sparkling Union Jack gowns and top hat, Big Daddy became the children's and
pensioner's favourite - and so the monster was born. But make no mistake, Daddy could wrestle in his day and was a very good heavyweight.
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