Alfred Hayes

Alfred Hayes

Professional wrestler
Date of Birth: 08.08.1928
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Alfred Hayes
  2. Early Life and Career
  3. Wrestling Style and Success
  4. Post-Wrestling Career
  5. Later Life and Legacy

Biography of Alfred Hayes

Alfred George James Hayes, a professional wrestler, was known for his performances in the ring under the names 'Judo' Al Hayes, Lord Alfred Hayes, and The White Angel. He was also recognized as a manager and commentator in the world of wrestling, particularly for his work with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) from 1982 to 1995.

Early Life and Career

Born in London, Alfred Hayes developed an interest in judo during his school years, eventually earning a black belt. He then transitioned to wrestling under the tutelage of Sir A. Oakley. From the late 1950s to the late 1970s, Alfred competed as a wrestler in England before moving to the United States. There, he participated in almost every competition and held the title of Southern Heavyweight Champion for several years.

Wrestling Style and Success

Alfred Hayes incorporated his background in judo into his wrestling style, specializing in throws and submission holds. After returning to England from the United States, he also adopted a tough 'American' style that intimidated his opponents on the islands. The peak of Hayes' fame and power came during his performances as The White Angel, although these were eventually overshadowed by his prolonged rivalry with wrestler Doctor Death, which ended in the latter's victory.

Post-Wrestling Career

After retiring from professional wrestling, Alfred Hayes remained involved in the industry. In 1982, he signed a contract with the World Wrestling Federation and co-hosted the 'Tuesday Night Titans' wrestling talk show from 1984 to 1986. Hayes became known to audiences as the Englishman with a well-versed tongue and a distinctive laughter. However, his recognition was not without challenges, as wrestlers invited to the studio would sometimes throw powder with additives at him or attempt to strike the host. He was even 'held hostage' by wrestlers from Sgt. Slaughter's team and once had a goat brought onto the set that ended up attacking him.

Later Life and Legacy

In 1995, Alfred Hayes was involved in an accident that cost him part of his leg, leading to him using a wheelchair for the remainder of his life. He later experienced a series of heart attacks and passed away on July 21, 2005, at his home in Texas. Despite his physical challenges, Hayes continued to make contributions to the wrestling world, announcing the entrance of wrestlers into the ring and commentating on various WrestleMania events. His legacy as a professional wrestler, manager, and commentator remains influential in the world of wrestling.