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Roy 'Bull' Davis

 

Roy 'Bull' Davis was born in Plymouth and started his career in the Merchant Navy where he not only travelled the World but also learnt the basics of the wrestling business.

On leaving the navy, Davis progressed to wrestling at local funfairs and at wrestling booths where he took on all comers which not only taught him all the tricks of the business but also toughed him up in readiness for a career in the professional ring.  At this time Davis wrestled under the name of Charlie Northey but stardom was just around the corner.

 

 (Roy Bull Davis in main event action against Jimmy Brown from New York)

Roys start as a professional wrestler came courtesy of local Plymouth promoter Dick the Dormouse and soon Roy was wrestling in and around the west country.  It was not long after his professional debut that Roy came to the attention of Joint Promotions and was soon wrestling around the UK on a regular basis.  Roys shaven head and rule bending ways made him disliked by the fans right from the start and he would always enter the ring to a chorus of boos and the more Roy broke the rules the more the crowd turned against him.

 

 (Roy Bull Davis is set up for a posting by Barry Douglas)

On the 6th January 1962 Roy Bull Davis was given his first opportunity of national stardom when he appeared in a televised contest from Chesterfield against Syed Saif Shah.  This appearance made Roy an overnight star such was the popularity of professional wrestling at the time and he went on to have a number of other television appearances against the likes of Steve Viedor, Count Bartelli, Barry Douglas, Tibor Szakacs and Billy Robinson amongst others.

Roy Bull Davis was a skilful heavyweight wrestler and he was often placed in the opposing corner to face foreign visitors to the UK as promoters knew that Davis would always give a first class performance and this was always the case. 

 

 (Roy Bull Davis and Jim Hussey)

Whilst Roy never achieved any title success he was always one of the most popular wrestlers on the circuit and was respected by fellow professionals and fans alike.  Roy also made regular tag team appearances with JIm Hussey, himself an established heavyweight star.  The pair had great success and were rarely beaten. 

On his retirement from in ring competition Roy continued to have a keen interest in the wrestling business by becoming an occasional referee and training and following his sons career who many will know is Skull Murphy.

 

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