Following on from RON'S Excellent HERITAGE Piece-'ON THE TRAIL OF BERT ROYAL'-I
Offer some further Mystery surrounding the very Origins of HERBERT FAULKNER'S
Firstly RON I do believe places ROYAL'S 1ST Probable Bout in DECEMBER 1949 when he
was aged 18!-His Feature includes a Photo of a MASKED ROYAL!....
I include the full NEWCASTLE Programme Cover dated SATURDAY MARCH 25TH 1950
below! The oddest thing about this is that virtually EVERY MASKED Wrestler uses a Ring Alias-in a very few cases a Different Name but NEVER his 'OWN' Name!
Now whilst it is likely true that at the start of his Career Wrestling Fans would not connect
BERT with his Wrestling Father-VIC HESSELLE-He appears in this Photo in an almost
Comic SuperHero MASK which hardly hides his Face at all!!-Yet he is supposed to be a
'Mystery to all'!
Now I can also ADD to this my Wrestling Programme from BATHS HALL KIDDERMINSTER
dated MARCH 28TH!! 1950-just THREE Days later than the above NEWCASTLE Programme which Features a MIDDLEWEIGHT Contest between BERT ROYAL-of BOLTON!! vs. BILL WALTERS of WIGAN!!-NOW in this very early ROYAL Bout did he
Wrestle in the 'easy to remove MASK?'- if yes HARDLY a 'Mystery Man' using his Name
and revealing WHERE He lives!!
As RON also points out it is believed that ROYAL has stated that he NEVER WRESTLED!!
in a MASK!- So what's this Photo all about!-It certainly LOOKS like him!-Did they have
second thoughts about giving him 'a run' as a Mystery Man'?-There was certainly a Dearth
of HOODED Wrestlers in the lower Weights at the time-so on this point it could have been
viable!-Did he abandon this notion because of the ridiculous Rule about being debarred
from Challenging for a Title as a MASKED Man?''''
It's certainly a CONUNDRUM!
Think FRANK will Love this on one of his 'Favourite' Wrestlers?!?
Programmes to follow!