At 93 years old, Mick McManus has this physical status:
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.
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.
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.
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.