F: Vic Faulkner
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No one reading this page will have forgotten the ever popular Vic Faulkner. Vic, along with older brother Bert Royal, ranks right up there alongside the most easily recalled, and fondly remembered, of British wrestlers. The younger of the Royal brothers Vic Faulkner was handsome and immensely popular with fans. 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. Fortunately, the boy could wrestle too. Vic was born in Bolton on 14th June, 1944, turning professional when he was seventeen years old.
Vic was a modern day master of the mat with skills learned from his father, Lew Faulkner, better known as heavyweight wrestler Vic Hessle. Vic supplemented his skill with speed, so much so that he could be tiring to watch. A favourite move was to play ?dead? 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 is another matter. Although he was hugely popular Vic wasn't to everyone's liking, he was just so sickly nice! Fortunately, nice in real life too.
Charisma and ability were more than enough; Vic didn't need a championship belt to secure popularity or status. Nevertheless, during his career Vic held both the British Welterweight title and the European Middleweight title; so it wasn't just the fans that liked him. 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 these two were certainly the most popular of all teams.
Vic Faulkner died on 6th July, 2017.