The original and most well known use of the gimmick is by the legendary British wrestler Kendo Nagasaki (real name Peter Thornley) who made his name in ITV's World of Sport. This version of the Nagasaki character dates back to November 1964.
On Friday 13th November 1964 Kendo Nagasaki had his first professional contest against "Jumping" Jim Hussey at Willenhall Baths. Nagasaki's most notable achievement during the 60's was in March 1966 when Nagasaki defeated and unmasked Count Bartelli (Crewe born Geoff Condliffe) at the Victoria Hall, Hanley.
One of the bizarrest of reverse journeys was the 1968 Japanese tour by Kendo Nagasaki. He wisely chose not to use the samurai swordsman routine, and wrestled... Read More