The wrestling world has been saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary Billy Robinson, and the WWE has joined in with their tribute of the former British wrestler.
Robinson was an amateur wrestling champion in England during the 1950's, and he was equally influential as a trainer and submission specialist.
He was from the town of Wigan, England, and after years of hard work he became a talent that was in demand across the globe.
“He was the first globetrotting British heavyweight, which was something I aspired to be,” William Regal told WWE.com.
During his career Robinson had massive international showdowns with the world's top wrestlers.
He faced Antonio Inoki in Japan and Verne Gagne in Chicago. He also had success as a trainer, going on to guide through generations of young wrestlers.
“My trainer, Marty Jones, was trained by Billy Robinson, so was Johnny Saint and a lot of great British wrestlers,” Regal said.
Robinson coached WWE Hall of Famers Ric Flair and The Iron Sheik, and his inspiration still lives on today.
Daniel Bryan once told WWE.com, “When I think of a wrestler, I think of Billy Robinson.”
He learnt the dangerous art of catch wrestling in the infamous Snakepit — a gruff gym in the town of Wigan in Greater Manchester, England. Emerging after years of arduous groundwork as one of the UK’s most dangerous shooters, Robinson became an in-demand talent all over the world.