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Old 28-05-2013, 05:09
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I didn't realise he was that age either. He must have been well into his fifties when wrestling was in it's heyday on TV (and incredibly fit for his age)
His first tv match was on May 26, 1947 no less, on the one channel that existed then, BBC tv.

Though arguably the real heyday of British wrestling was in the early sixties when McManus and Jackie Pallo were the 2 biggest stars, as opposed to the Big Daddy late seventies era.
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Old 28-05-2013, 19:24
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His first tv match was on May 26, 1947 no less, on the one channel that existed then, BBC tv.

Though arguably the real heyday of British wrestling was in the early sixties when McManus and Jackie Pallo were the 2 biggest stars, as opposed to the Big Daddy late seventies era.
That would have been before the TV era though, wouldn't it? The sport was definitely at it's peak, if we're measuring it by TV ratings, during the 1970s on World of Sport.

McManus was certainly a one off as it sounds like he was wrestling at the top level for many decades.
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Old 28-05-2013, 19:31
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Well wrestling ratings from back in the day are really impossible to quantify due to the fact everyone would exaggerate them- McManus himself liked to claim he v Pallo out drew the FA Cup final when they wrestled on the same day as the football.

They were on tv pre World of Sport and it's possible they had higher ratings then than in the Daddy era. The quality of the main events would have certainly been better.
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Old 29-05-2013, 01:58
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BBC4 have repeated the Timeshift episode on wrestling. When Wrestling Was Golden:Grapples, Grunts and Grannies. Plenty of clips from World Of Sport and interviews. Can't do links as I'm on my phone. Will be available on iplayer until 11.04pm 2nd June
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Old 30-05-2013, 20:28
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I misread this as Michelle McManus lol shame
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