Whipper Billy Watson

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Portrait painting by Chris Dale of wrestler of Whipper Billy Watson.
With the speed of a whip, he tossed opponents.

William John Potts, East York, Ontario 1915 – 1990) was a Canadian professional wrestler stage name “Whipper” Billy Watson was the world champion 2 times, National Wrestling Association and National Wrestling Alliance titles. He started wrestling at 15 at the Scarborough Athletic Club and performed in amateur wrestling shows in Toronto.  In 1936, he went on a tour of the United Kingdom, sidelined for six months with a fractured shoulder and  broken ribs caused by aggressive English, but after recovering, continued travelling through England and Ireland.  His stage name came out of this trip, “Whipper” from his usage of the move of hurling an opponent into the ropes before then throwing him over on to his back that was called the “Irish Whip”, 

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