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Wrestling Fraternity Mourns Vic Faulkner
July 06, 2017
The wrestling fraternity was shocked to hear of the death of Vic Faulkner on 6th July, 2017. No one needs reminding of Vic’s tremendous contribution to British wrestling as one of the most popular and skilful wrestlers over more than a quarter of a century.

Born in wartime Bolton on 14th June, 1944, Vic was the son of another wrestling great, Lew Faulkner (Hessle) and his wife, Vevey. Like his elder brother, Bert, and father Lew, Vic attended Saint Peter and Paul's RC School.
 
Wrestling was an ever present part of Vic’s life during childhood. Already established as professional wrestlers Bert and Lew taught Vic how to wrestle, with his professional debut in 1960. Although he was the last of the fighting family to make his way in the wrestling ring he was the first to use the family name of Faulkner throughout his career.
 
The angelic looking Vic Faulkner could never have been anything other than a hero of the fans. The clean cut, good humoured boy was everyone’s favourite. He was one of the new breed of acrobatic speed merchants that came onto the scene in the early 1960s, replacing the skilful but slower mat based technicians of the 1950s.
 
A favourite move was to act as though  he was out cold up to the count of nine before springing to his feet and attacking his opponent. Highly predictable after being seen for the millionth time fans loved this ploy, though whether opponents enjoyed being humiliated was another matter.
 
Charisma and ability were more than enough to make Vic one of the biggest names of post war wrestling. Vic didn't need a  championship belt to secure popularity or status. Nevertheless, during his career Vic held both  and the European Middleweight championship (1966 - 71) and the British Welterweight championship (1971-77).

More success came as part of the Royal Brothers tag team with his brother, Bert Royal. For two decades the Royals were one of the top two tag teams in Britain (their only near rivals being McManus and Logan), and certainly the most popular of all teams.

For many years Vic was licensee of the Railway Tavern on the Wigan Road, Euxton. He later went on to work for Thwaites, the Blackburn brewery.

Within two hours of the announcement former co-workers had started to leave tributes to Vic in the Talk Wrestling Forum.
 
"Saddened to hear of the passing of Vic ,craftsman and nice guy,boundless energy and infectious enthusiasm." Paul Mitchell
 
"So sorry to hear of Vic's passing. You know he was an absolute pleasure to work with and a great lad, too. I only ever worked with him in tags rather than solo bouts but he was simply one of the best in the business." Eddie Rose
 
"RIP Vic a true gentleman in and out of the ring it was a pleasure to have known him and also to have wrestled a true legend" Eddie Riley
 
"Can only echo Eddie's fine words. Devastating news. One of the legitimate all-time greats. So pleased to have met up with him and Bert again at the Leeds Reunion earlier this year. RIP"  Count Von Zuppi
 
“R.I.P. Vic. Was good to know and work on the same bills together in the 80s.”  Tiny Callaghan/The Ghoul

"I'm truly sorry to hear about the demise of Vic Faulkner, he was a top ring star, and he shone brighter than most. RIP." Dale Storm

"Had the privilege at the age of 23 in the early 70's of wrestling with him.He was a great wrestling technician, skillful throughout and more importantly a gentleman who had respect an time for newcomers as myself"  Mohamed Meru Ullah