Mick McManus


Mick McManus was born in New Cross, England, United Kingdom on January 11th, 1920 and is the Wrestler. At the age of 93, Mick McManus biography, profession, age, height, weight, eye color, hair color, build, measurements, education, career, dating/affair, family, news updates, and networth are available.

Date of Birth
January 11, 1920
United Kingdom
Place of Birth
New Cross, England, United Kingdom
Death Date
May 22, 2013 (age 93)
Zodiac Sign
Professional Wrestler
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Mick McManus Life

Mick McManus (born William George Matthews; 20 January 1920 – May 2013) was an English professional wrestler.

He played "The Man You Love to Hate," "Rugged South London Tough Guy," and "The Dulwich Destroyer" were among the roles he played.

Early life

McManus was born in Camberwell, south London. After leaving school, he worked in a drawing office and then for a printers company. He began training as a wrestler and helped with the training of Royal Air Force troops in the discipline during the Second World War. While on a posting to Australia in 1945, his first professional appearance took place in 1945.

Later life

Before McManus' retirement from competitive wrestling in 1982, he advised London Weekend Television until professional wrestling was taken off the air in 1988. He worked in public relations, owned The Royal Hotel pub (closed in 2009) in Stoughton, Surrey, Surrey, and became a porcelain enthusiast. He also started to advise professional wrestling promoters.

Personal life and death

McManus was married to Barbara, who predeceased him (in January 2013) and they had one son, Tony.

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He was 93 years old when he died.

McManus went by the names "The Man You Love To Hate" and "Rugged South London Tough Guy" in his prime. McManus had made more television wrestling appearances than any other British wrestler in a televised career that spanned 26 years, according to the Sun, the newspaper in which he wrote a weekly column.


Mick McManus Career

Wrestling career

McManus was one of the most notorious heels in British wrestling history. Like Mark Rocco and Kendo Nagasaki, he bent the rules as far as they could go without being disqualified, much to the fury of the crowd. He was also well known for using short range forearm jabs in matches. He became famous for his trademark black trunks and cropped black hair and for his dislike of having his cauliflowered ears attacked by opponents, resulting in the catchphrase "Not the ears, not the ears".

McManus made more television appearances than any other wrestler in a career which spanned more than 20 years. Losing to Peter Preston by disqualification during his later years, he lost the European Middleweight title on television to a younger wrestler Mal Sanders.

McManus won his first wrestling title, the British Welterweight Championship, in 1949 by defeating Eddie Capelli for the vacant championship. He dropped the title to Jack Dempsey in 1957 but regained it from Dempsey. He dropped the title to him the following year, however. His 1963 bout against Jackie Pallo was watched by over 20 million people on British television. On 13 November 1967, McManus won the British Middleweight Championship with a victory over Clayton Thomson. Thomson regained the title in a rematch two months later. McManus also won the European Middleweight Championship in June 1968 by defeating Vic Faulkner. Faulkner regained the title belt in September, but McManus won it back in April 1971. He held the championship for almost seven years before losing it to Mal Sanders. McManus and Sanders traded the belt back and forth in matches that year and into the following year, with McManus holding the title a total of four times.

Concurrently with his career in the wrestling ring, McManus ran the London office of professional wrestling promotion firm Dale Martin, determining the matches and their results.


According to JEFF PRESTRIDGE, sorting out Mum's financial affairs after her death is a mental rollercoaster - and one major provider left me erupting

www.dailymail.co.uk, February 20, 2024
Both emotionally and financially, sorting out my Mum's financial affairs after her death late last month has been a roller coaster affair. It's sometimes necessary detective work that Sherlock Holmes would have been proud of, such as finding critical financial records. Occasionally, it has brought joy as new unidentified savings accounts were discovered, only to be followed by anger as I had to deal with an artificial intelligence bot. For bereavement? Please, Lord, help us. With the arrival of a copy of her death certificates, NatWest and Countrywide were instantly delighted. Aviva's personal pension was also cancelled. On the other hand, dealing with one large corporation is not the same as dealing with another big company.

The golden age of British wrestling, from Giant Haystacks to Big Daddy

www.dailymail.co.uk, June 11, 2023
Giant Haystacks and Big Daddy (both photographed left in 1981), to Mick McManus (right), the heyday of British wrestling was a world of colorful characters. The hulks of a bygone age entertained millions between 1965 and 1985, and the hulks of a bygone age appeared on ITV's primetime show World of Sport. Big Daddy, who had a 64-inch chest, was known for his signature leotard, which carried a letter "D" sewn on by his wife Eunice. Giant Haystacks, his tag teammate-turned-opponent who weighed 48 stones at his heaviest weight, was also afraid and was known for his trademark beard and costume. Mick McManus, on the other hand, was much smaller, standing at just 5ft 6in, but he was regarded as the 'guy you hate to hate' due to the way he was bent the rules to his advantage. Kendo Nagasaki (actually Peter Thornley of Stoke) who was known for his signature 'Kamikaze Crash' slam) will not have been forgotten by World of Sport fans. The family-friendly games are a far cry from some violent modern wrestling matches, including one last year (inset) where competitors competed against each other with glass lighting tubes and wooden sticks. Last week, MPs said wrestling is desperately in need of proper legislation to increase control and drive out 'cowboys.'