Mick McManus has passed away at the age of 93.
Source : The Sun
One of the biggest names in the history of the business, and long-term star of ITV’s World of Sport, McManus truly was the man who fans loved to hate.
Frank Rimer, who runs the British Wrestlers Reunion, said: “I am deeply saddened to announce the death of the legend that was Mick McManus, who passed away at 1am this morning.
“Mick never recovered from the loss of his beloved wife Barbara and lost the will the live, despite the loving care of the nurses at the celebrity home for retired actors Brishing House where he lived out his final days.
“Even the arrival of his old friend Lord Richard Attenborough recently, failed to lift his spirits, refusing all food and drink until he quietly slipped into a coma three days ago.
“Mick was without doubt, through his own efforts, the greatest wrestling name that the UK has ever seen or will see again, and even 25 years after his retirement, he retained his aura of stardom until the end. He was 93.”
Tributes have already started pouring in on social media, with TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp star Marty Scurll posting: “RIP Mick McManus, the greatest British wrestling villain in history.
“I was fortunate enough to meet Mick a few times. True gent. Sad day.”
WWE RAW Rating Edges Up From Last Week
Last night’s episode of WWE RAW did a 2.96 (3.0) cable rating, with 4.23 million viewers. Those numbers were up 1% in the rating but 5% in the viewership from last week’s 2.92 and 4.05 million viewers. The show was up a half a point among males 12 – 17 but down 0.2 in the male 18 – 34 rating.
The show averaged hours of 4.08 million, 4.30 million and 4.31 million viewers.
WWE Head Writer Gone From Company
Partial Source: Pwtorch.com
WWE’s new head writer is already gone. Adam Rudman, who replaced Eric Pankowski a couple weeks before WrestleMania 29, is no longer with the company. Rudman was let go on Friday; when initially hired, people backstage predicted that he wouldn’t last.
The belief backstage is that Rudman didn’t have knowledge of the industry and was thus a bad fit.
As noted last week here on the website, longtime producer John Gaburick is also gone from WWE. Gaburick, best known as “Big John” has been with the company since the 1990s and appeared during the original run of Tough Enough on MTV. He is finishing out his commitments to the company.
Sunny Released From Prison, Says She Had Cancer
Tammy “Sunny” Sytch has been released from prison after being jailed for four months for her well-publicized string of violations of her boyfriend’s restraining order. If you will recall, Sytch was sentenced to 114 days in prison after she was arrested six times in a four month period, including three times in three-days, for breaking the order filed by Damien Darling against her.
TMZ reports that Sytch has been released from the Connecticut prison in which she served time and told them that she had contracted HPV before entering prison, and while inside learned it had become cervical cancer. Sytch says she has undergone a hysterectomy at a hospital in the area a couple of weeks ago. She’s now apparently free of cancer.
Sytch says she has written an autobiography while in prison and will be moving to New Mexico to make a fresh start. She is on conditional discharge for the next two years.
JAMES STORM INJURY UPDATE
James Storm posted the following on his Twitter account:
Just so everyone knows. Doc said I have a slight tear in my right abdominal & a adductor strain “groin pull” 6-8 weeks. Busting ass 2 b backThe
NFL and WWE
latest update on WWE attempting to establish a relationship with the NFL is Jim Ross meeting with the NFLPA this week to work on an official pipeline to WWE for former NFL players.
As expected, Brock Lesnar is scheduled to be off WWE television until Summerslam Season after he was written off TV Monday night on Raw. This would follow the schedule from last year’s run.