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SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Hurricane & Cyclone Smith


Hurricane & Cyclone Smith. -- courtesy Mark Grimbly
REAL NAMES: Cyclone -- Robert Grimbly; Hurricane -- Maurice Grimbly
BORN: October 24, 1934 in Scarbourough, Ontario
AKA: Hurricane & Cyclone Smith

  The twin tag team of Hurricane & Cyclone Smith were well-known in the southern Ontario wrestling circles during the 1950s and 1960s. The duo was usually billed from Red Deer, Alberta because of their red hair, wrestled across North America.

The Grimbly brothers used to caddy for Whipper Billy Watson and Pat Flanagan. It was Watson that got them training with Jimmy 'Red' Simms in 1954.

"In our day, it was an exhibition of skill and talent, but it was respectful," Bob Grimbly (Cyclone Smith) told the Hamilton Spectator newspaper in October 1999. "You had some guys who did some dirty tricks because I was one of them. It was the only way to make money. You go out of your country and be the bad guy."

Before becoming a regular tag team partner of his brother, Bob wrestled as Suicide Smith, a German, in California.

In 1962, Maurice (Moe) had his wrestling liscense revoked when he was diagnosed with a heart murmur. Moe joined Dofasco in Hamilton, and his brother joined the local police force.

-- By GREG OLIVER, SLAM! Sports