Big Daddy Real Name


Shirley Crabtree

Wrestler Big Daddy was born on November 14th 1930 at Halifax, West Yorkshire, England, UK. His real name was Shirley Crabtree. The birth name of his father was also Shirley Crabtree and he was also a wrestler.

Nicknames Of Big Daddy

Shirley Crabtree's first job was a miner and he played rugby league for Bradford Northern. He soon followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a wrestler. His first nickname was Blond Adonis, which he soon changed to the alias Mr Universe. The last name change, before adopting the name Big Daddy, was the Battling Guardsman. The origins of this tag name was from his brief service in the Coldstream Guards.

Title Wins Of Wrestler Big Daddy

He won two titles in the British Wrestling Federation before retiring. However he came out of early retirement to appear regularly each Saturday on the television programme World of Sport from 1976 until 1985.

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How Did Wrestler Big Daddy Get His NickName

The Big Daddy nickname was inspired from the film Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams. The actor Burl Ives played a character called Harvey Pollitt who was nicknamed Big Daddy.

Catchphrase Of Big Daddy

His leotard always had a big D on it. His catchphrase, chanted by the audience, was Easy, Easy, Easy!

Wrestling Opponents Of Big Daddy

Big Daddy was always portrayed as the good guy and never lost to opponents such as Giant Haystacks, Kendo Nagasaki, Catweazel and Mick McManus.

Measurements Of Big Daddy

Big Daddy's height was 6'6", his weight was 26 stone and he had a 64 inch chest. He was famed for hitting his opponents with a Belly Butt before finishing them off with a Belly Splash.

TV Appearances Of Big Daddy

In 1979 on the 7th March Big Daddy was awarded the famous red book by Eamonn Andrews on the This Is Your Life TV series.

In 1985 ITV cancelled the British wrestling programmes in favour of showing the American World Wrestling Federation (WWF) programmes. However Big Daddy made live appearances and performed in wrestling bouts around the country.

In 1987, during a wrestling bout with Big Daddy Mal "King Kong" Kirk turned blue during a Belly Splash and died in hospital from heart problems. Though Big Daddy was cleared at a coroner's inquest he retired from wrestling.

How Did Big Daddy Die

Shirley Crabtree aka Big Daddy died of a stroke on December 2nd 1997. He was aged 67 years.

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