Thursday, April 14, 2016
Keith Haward vs Chic Cullen, 5 March 1984 (Joint Promotions)
I can't resist writing a few words about this sweet little UK match from decades ago, with two young gentlemen competing in gentlemanly style, though not so gently as to prevent the twin injuries that end the fight in a draw. As disappointing as the outcome is, there are tight spots along the way as Keith Haward (5'8", 163#) in slate blue trunks goes after Chic Cullen (5'10", 209#) in the red singlet. To my eyes, some of these moves appear prim and peculiarly refined, even while hinting at public-school sadism. There's just something a little testy and curt about their execution. If wrestling moves were trousers, these Brits would have the straightest, sharpest creases at the East India Club. Nevertheless, sweaty Haward could channel Maggie fuckin Smith and still be a hunk.