||Whipper Billy Watson
||July 25, 1917
||East York, Ontario
||First Wife: Patricia Utting
Two Sons: Phil & John
|Height & Weight:
||1936 vs Tony Bear
||Canuck Commando Unconcious (Sleeper Hold)
||The Irish Whip
Lord James Blears
Dick the Bruiser
National Wrestling Association World Heavyweight title (1947);
National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight title (1956);
(Toronto) British Empire title(1942-60s);
(Toronto) Canadian Tag Team titles (15 - 1950s);
(Toronto) International Tag Team titles (1960s);
1936: Billy Watson wrestled in England along with fellow Canadians Al Kormann and Tiger Tasker..
Billy Watson was given the name "Whipper" by newspapers in England after adopting 'the irish whip' as one of his moves..
July 1940: Billy Watson and his first wife, Patricia, left England just as the WWII was starting up, and returned to North America..
Whipper Watson began wrestling at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1940, starting a long relationship with promoter Frank Tunney..
Whipper Watson was one of the first wrestlers to cross into mainstream celebrity becoming one of Toronto's most popular citizens..
February 21, 1947: Whipper Watson defeated "Wild" Bill Longson for the NWA World title and lost it to Lou Thesz two months later..
November 12, 1953 - Toronto: Billy Watson & Yvon Robert wrestled Al & Tiny Mills with Boxing Champion Joe Louis as referee..
March 15, 1956: Whipper Watson defeated Lou Thesz to recapture the NWA World title, but lost it back to Thesz on November 9, 1956..
Whipper Watson best-remembered matches may be a series against Gorgeous George in 1959..
~~~The feud led to both George and his wife/valet having their head shaved in the ring after Watson defeated George..
Whipper Watson was very active in the offices of the NWA: Maple Leaf (Toronto) territory along side Frank Tunney..
Billy Watson continued to wrestle in Toronto until November 1971 (age 55), when he nearly lost his left leg after being hit by a car..
Billy Watson did have a series of bouts against The Sheik in Maple Leaf Gardens, which Watson always lost by DQ or countout..
1970s: Billy Watson mostly wrestled in tag matches..
November 30, 1971: Billy Watson was injured when a car slid into him and nearly severed his leg ending what had been a 40 year career..
~~~Billy Watson retired after the accident but still made appearances at shows to promote his protege Dewey Robinson..
1978: There was a "Whipper Watson Appreciation" Event promoted in Toronto at the Maple Leaf Gardens
Billy Watson held an annual Easter Seals skate-a-thon at the Toronto Gardens..
February 4, 1990: Billy Watson died after suffering a heart attack while in Florida..