||Lord Athol Layton
||Originally from England
Moved to Australia (1934)
Moved to Ontario (1950)
|Height & Weight:
||6'5" - 260lbs
||1948 (in Singapore)
||Whipper Billy Watson
Dick the Bruiser
Fritz Von Erich
NWA (Chicago) World Tag Team titles w/Lord James Blears (1953);
NWA (Detroit) United States title (twice: 1962-63);
In the Beginning:
Athol Layton born in England, and moved to Australia at 13, where he met his wife Leah..
Athol Layton was discharched from the Australian Imperial Forces after World War II..
Athol Layton was Australia's Heavyweight Amateur Boxing Champ for two years..
Toronto Maple Leaf Wrestling:
Athol Layton eventually landed a job working for Frank Tunney's Toronto-based Maple Leaf territory as a wrestler and TV commentator..
November 1950: Athol Laydon made his Maple Leaf Gardens wrestling debut in a main event against Sky-Hi Lee..
1953: Athol Layton challenged Lou Thesz for the NWA Heavyweight title at Maple Leaf Gardens..
1956: Pat O'Connor defeated Athol Layton to win the vacant British Empire title..
Athol Layton frequently worked as a special referee in Maple Leaf Gardens main events in the 1950s and 60s..
Athol Layton formed a successful tag team with Lord James Blears..
1975: Athol Layton teamed with Mighty Igor against Abdullah the Butcher & Waldo Von Erich..
1976: Athol Layton (age 55) in his final Maple Leaf Gardens with Lou Klein in a match against the Kelly Twins..
Athol Layton was nominated to run as a Liberal in a Toronto riding in the 1963 Ontario election..
Athol Layton become involved with the Toronto Shriners and became a Canadian citizen in 1958. ..
January 18, 1984: Athol Layton died of a heart attack..