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Frank Dhondt
The Belgian near heavyweight made a four week visit to Britain in January 1973, part of a Continental team brought over to mark Britain's entry to the European Community, or Common Market as we called it in those simple times. During his tour of (mainly) southern rings it was quite a busy month with Frank meeting a surprisingly wide range of opponents from Kevin Conneally to Steve Veidor. On tv he faced Paul Mitchell (read all about it in Armchair Corner's Wrestling Leads The Way)  and Mick Mcmanus. At the Royal Albert Hall he was disposed of by Adrian Street.

Les Diables Rouges
Mysterious French tag team that appeared on Joint Promotions bills in the early seventies In their full-length red outfits and cloaks it was very hard for fans to gain any inkling as to their identities and they were well weighted at light-heavyweight to take on the best teams from lighter and heavier ranks. Later anglicised their names to The Red Devils.
Top Masked Wrestlers' identities are revealed only in the Wrestling Heritage countdown "Top 20 Masked Men". 

El Diablo
See the entry for  Tony Francis

Al Diamond (Canada)
Canadian wrestler visited Britain between August and December 1954. Opponents included  British heavyweight champion Ernest Baldwin, Jack Wentworth, Mike Marino and Jack Pye.

Al Diamond (Doncaster)
See the entry for  Ebony Kid

Johnny Diamond
Birmingham's Johnny Diamond worked for the independent promoters of the north and midlands in the 1960s/70s. Johnny, real name John Hemms, owned a jewellery shop, hence the name. We saw him just the once, in a boxer v wrestler contest in which he wore the gloves. 

Paul Diamond (Canada)
We offer two Paul Diamonds in our A-Z. The original was Canadian Paul Lehman who was born in Toronto in 1935. He came to Britain in his twenties and  made his professional debut for Dale Martin promotions in 1960.  Paul returned home shortly afterwards and went on to wrestle the big names that British fans read about in those American magazines of the 1960s newsstands: Don Leo Jonathan, Lou Thesz, Giant Baba and the like.

Paul Diamond
A teenager by the name of Paul Fairbrother was another to receive the magic, certainly not gentle, touch of Jack Taylor in his Leicestershire gym. Paul adopted the family wrestling name when Jack gave him his professional debut in the 1970s,  a tag match partnering his wrestling brother, who was actually his cousin, Bob Diamond. Paul was seventeen at the time, an energetic lightweight who worked the independent circuit for the following couple of years both in single combat and in tag partnership as one half of the Diamond brothers against the likes of the Borg Twins and the Undertakers. As he gained experience opposition became more formidable with opponents including experienced campaigners that included Bob Kirkwood and Tug Holton. When he was nineteen years old Paul moved to London and joined Joint Promotions, his first Dale Martin bout facing Sid Cooper. Other opponents included Johnny "Muscles" England and Tony "Banger" Walsh, with the most thrilling moment of his career being the occasion he partnered Bert Royal in a tag contest. Less thrilling, but equally memorable, was the loss of a tooth in a contest with Peter Kaye; it gives problems to this day!

Ray Diamond
Standing well over six feet tall meant that Ray Diamond was a man not easily messed with in either the classroom or the wrestling ring. At Ferryhill Grammar School  he was PE teacher Mr Glasper (Ian)  but once in the ring he was transformed into Ray Diamond, the popular Middlesbrough wrestler  trained by mid heavyweight champion Norman Walsh. Unless, of course, it was one of the nights that he donned a mask and the character of the White Angel, aided by his female assistant in her revealing costume. When neither wrestling nor teaching Ray could be found promoting wrestling throughout the north east.

Page reviewed 1/10/2019

13/08/2019: Al Diamond added