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Wrestling hitting the Corn Exchange in 1981

PUBLISHED: 07:00 28 June 2017

The tag team match at Ipswich Corn Exchange

The tag team match at Ipswich Corn Exchange

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Do you remember when wrestling legend Big Daddy competed at the Ipswich Corn Exchange in 1981?

British wrestling legend Big Daddy watching his tag partnerBritish wrestling legend Big Daddy watching his tag partner

The 1980s is seen by many as one of the greatest times for wrestling entertainment, with the WWF expanding further and icons like Hulk Hogan and ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper coming into prominence under the brand.

Big Daddy squares off with his opponentBig Daddy squares off with his opponent

By this time, wrestling had become a firm part of British sporting entertainment and was often televised by ITV.

A big move left both men on the floorA big move left both men on the floor

One of the best known wrestlers of the British scene in the 1980s was Big Daddy.

Big Daddy making his entrance alongside Giant HaystacksBig Daddy making his entrance alongside Giant Haystacks

In 1981, Big Daddy, whose real name was Shirley Crabtree, took to the ring at the Corn Exchange in Ipswich for a tag team match - fighting with a partner.

The crowd getting into the actionThe crowd getting into the action

He also competed in other parts of East Anglia, including Great Yarmouth.

Big Daddy soaking up the limelight at the Ipswich Corn ExchangeBig Daddy soaking up the limelight at the Ipswich Corn Exchange

The Ipswich Corn Exchange still hosts wrestling events today.

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