Nearly Everyone knows the Epic Career of the Great COUNT BARTELLI from its Inception
after WW2 to one of the Greatest Wrestling Matches ever in which he finally came a cropper
against KENDO NAGASAKI-5/3/1966!
It is also fairly well known that especially in the 'later' years of his Run-he grew increasingly
'unhappy' with the wearing of the MASK-if indeed he had EVER been happy with it at all!
He openly states in his Documentary that he preferred the NAME to the MASK!!
It is also fairly well known that GEOFF was 'reluctantly persuaded' to re-don the BONNET
again in the late '70's-this time a YELLOW THERMOS-to allegedly 'help'bolster up the
waning interest of Fans in the Heavyweight Ranks!
BUT I think he had a LOVE-HATE Relationship with his MASK!!
What is much less well known is that a mere handful of years after the NAGASAKI Defeat
-in the late '60's-He was again Wrestling in his RED MASK when he was working for DENNIS MITCHELL and ERIC TAYLOR during their Stint as PROMOTERS!
He LOVED the MASK-He HATED wearing the MASK!!