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SLAM! Wrestling Canadian Hall of Fame: Jack Taylor



DIED: Saturday May 19, 1956 of heart failure in a Edmonton hospital

  Perhaps I don't know a great deal about Jack Taylor, and some of the information that I do have may be useless to you, but I will submit it all with hopes that it will help to illustrate the significant role that this man played in the pioneer years of Canadian wrestling.

Taylor was considered in his era to be one of the finest overall wrestlers of his day. From the onset, he was heralded as a star on the rise. These high regards may have been what led promoters to sign a bout between Taylor and then (NWA) world heavyweight champion, Charley Cutler in Winnipeg in 1914. The match was highly controversial with the referee awarding the bout to Taylor by disqualification, and to my knowledge, Taylor never received a re-match despite massive public outcry in this region.

To date, I have not uncovered any information on Taylor for another eight years, when he re-surfaced in Manitoba, billed as the Canadian Heavyweight champion and an undisputed big draw in this territory.

(From this point, I will note his schedule as fully as I know it, offering any additional information that I can where applicable)

 Dec 5, 1922 - Winnipeg - Defeated Leo L'Heureux (L'Heureux was Winnipeg's top star)
 Dec 15, 1922 - Winnipeg - Defeated John Freberg
 Dec 20, 1922 - Regina - Defeated I.A. Johnson
 Jan 19, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Yussif Hussane
 Feb 2, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated John Freberg
 Apr 18, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Yussif Hussane
 May 18, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Taro Miyaki
 June 6, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Ernie Maupas
 June 15, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Taro Miyaki
 July 17, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated WLADEK ZBYSKO
 Aug 21, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated John Freberg
 Sept 18, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Frank Simmons
 Oct 18, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Tom Johnstone (Winnipeg Police Champion)
 Nov 5, 1923 - Winnipeg - Defeated Wladek Zbysko
 Jan 1, 1924 - Winnipeg - Defeated REGINALD SIKI (First colored wrestler in Wpg)
 Feb 6, 1924 - Lethbridge, AB - Defeated Dan Koloff
 Mar 12, 1924 - Edmonton - Defeated Dan Koloff
 Apr 1, 1924 - New York City - Lost to Wladek Zbysko
 Apr 25, 1924 - Winnipeg - Defeated Leo L'Heureux
 May 8, 1924 - Winnipeg - Lost to Dick Daviscourt (Match for #1 contender to Ed Lewis, with winner to receive a title shot on May 24)
 May 24, 1924 - Winnipeg - Defeated Howard "Hangman" Cantonwine
 June 17, 1924 - Winnipeg - Lost to Dick Daviscourt
 Oct 1, 1924 - Medicine Hat, AB - Defeated John Freberg
 Oct 5, 1924 - Aneroid, SK - Defeated Anton Peterson
 Oct 18, 1924 - Swift Current, SK - Defeated Leo L'Heureux
 Nov 22, 1924 - Swift Current, SK - Defeated Fred Grebmire
 Apr 3, 1929 - Saskatoon - Defeated Jack Demetral
  As well, Jack Taylor is credited with training Stu Hart, so in a way, Jack Taylor is (to quote Dusty Rhodes) ". . The grand-daddy of 'em all" in relation to Canadian wrestling.

This bio was written by central Canada's leading wrestling expert, Vern May of Canadian Wrestle-Media. To learn more about wrestlers from Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Vern encourages you to email him.