Iron Balls McGinty is Alive

by David

It was a rare find for Boxing Day – just as I thought the fabled article on “Iron Balls McGinty”, which graced Wikipedia for some time until being deleted by the Wiki Police, has finally been found. It’s a good job I took a screengrab, it’s been so long now that I couldn’t remember what the article said!

Bob Flaps came back from the dead in 2005 in similar circumstances, after being deleted by a rogue Wikipedia moderator – and shortly afterwards, old IBM fell victim to the old “this might be a fake” and indeed labelled “Complete Bollocks” (an apparently unofficial Wiki definition). Now it’s restored to a permanent resting home.

Full text of the original Wikipedia article:

Iron Balls McGinty

Scottish professional wrestler (1945-2001).

McGinty, real name Hugh Renton, was a star of the Caledonian Wrestling Federation in its 1980s heyday. Whilst never hitting the same heights as Saturday-afternoon favourites such as Andy Roberts and Hercules the Bear, or “Mr TV” Jackie Pallo, McGinty was held in affection by tartan grapple fans for many years.

His bouts with “Fierce” Fred Dingwall over the Scottish Middleweight Championship were the stuff of legend, a series of seven matches to decide the champion being held in 1979.

Despite his public disavowing of bad eating habits and alcohol consumption, instructing his young fans to “say their prayers and eat their porridge” – reminiscent of WWF (now WWE) star Hulk Hogan’s “prayers and vitamins” proclamations of the 1980s, McGinty spiralled into a web of addictions which conspired to his untimely demise. McGinty ran amok in Airdrie after a public event whilst intoxicated, eventually succumbing to the wheels of a bus.

However few amongst the thousands who gathered for his open-air extravaganza that day in Airdrie, or previously in towns such as Denny, Alva, Lochgelly and Luncarty, will ever forget the grimace on his face as he lifted yet another sheep above his head.

Stories of a law suit from computer firm, International Business Machines, over the “IBM” logo on his wrestling trunks, were nothing more than urban myth.

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