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Merv Fortune

Merv FortuneI started wrestling here in New Zealand. I was taken to the gym by Butch Miller. The gym was in Cuba Street, Wellington known as Rickard's gym. The training conditions were harsh and the work we had to put in was very hard. You had to have a lot of determination to succeed in wrestling.

The promoters I worked for then were Steve Rickard and Larry O'Day. I can't recall the others.

I toured Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Samoa, Australia, Thailand and Hawaii.

I fought most of the locals of my era; these were the likes of John Da Silva, Steve Rickard, King Curtis and Mark Lewin. I fought most of the overseas wrestlers who toured New Zealand during that time including Rick Martel and Andre the Giant.

My toughest opponent would had to have been Andre the Giant - then the King.

Robert Bruce and Ripper CollinsMy best memories of my time would be the wrestling itself. And my worst would be when we wrestled up in Singapore when we had a full scale riot and they tried to burn down the dressing room with us in it. This made world news but at the time I thought I was coming back in a pine box.

I now live in Blenheim in the South Island and manage Stump Creek Lodge.

April 2007