It was reported today by Jack Shannon of Scientific Wrestling that UK legend Billy Robinson has passed away at the age of 74. Shannon made the announcement of Robinson’s passing in a Facebook post.
“I am unbelievably sad to report that my very good friend Billy Robinson passed away today. I hadn’t heard from him in days so I contacted his apartment complex to check in on him. When I called back for a progress report, the apartment manager put the police on the phone. It seems he passed away peacefully in his sleep. He was a lion of a man, bigger than life in so many ways. My wife and I named our youngest son Lliam in his honor. You will be sorely missed, my friend. Thank you so much for living the life you did.”
Robinson made his name in England as a submission ace at Wigan school in the early 60s. The UK native became an international star winning the IWE world championship in Japan.
Robinson became known in the United States working for AWA in the 1970′s and had a classic match with Antonio Inoki in 1975. Robinson helped bring along some of pro wrestling’s biggest names like Ric Flair, Ricky Steamboat, Sgt. Slaughter and The Iron Sheik.