Johnny Kidd here. As my name might be new to some of you on the other side of the pond, I
thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you a bit about myself.
I started as an amateur wrestler in 1974, when I had four years at Ampthill Amateur wrestling club in Bedfordshire.
I was brought into professional wrestling by Ken Joyce, who was a former European Welterweight Wrestling champion (and later a promoter,)
and he gave me my first pro job on one of his cards in Salisbury, Wiltshire in October of 1978. Then, I was given
more work by Joint Promotions, who at the time were the biggest wrestling office in all of England, and had the
television contract with ITV.
I was fortunate enough to appear 24 times on the "World of Sport" wrestling television programme. My first time on
television was in 1981, and my last was the final show on British television in 1988 before wrestling was taken from
the screens here in England. Although "World of Sport" continued, the wrestling portion of the programme was
discontinued. My first televised matches were against Jim Breaks, Johnny Saint and Mick McManus. And
as many CHIKARA fans will know, I am wrestling Johnny Saint on Saturday the 30th of July in Reading.
I'm looking forward to this, as not only will it be a chance to wrestle one of the finest wrestlers that Britain has ever
produced, I get to wrestle in the United States for the very first time and hope to show the CHIKARA fans some of
the skill and technique that British audiences know us for. Our style is quite different from the standard American fare.
Also it gives me the chance to renew my acquaintance with Mike Quackenbush for the first time since we met in Germany
a couple of years ago, and spent a few hours chatting over our tea about wrestling both in England, and the USA.
Mike I found to have a great feel for the British style of wrestling and there's a little bit of Ken Joyce in what he
does. Colt is much the same, but I see in him little traces of Rollerball. Having been in the ring with these men of
class and calibre, I have no doubt we will give the famous fans of Philadelphia a match to remember. For
me, the weekend of July 30th/31st can't come quick enough...look forward to seeing you all there!