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The Deep End - The Wrestler Television (Full Length) – 1980 Documentary

The Deep End - The Wrestler

Television (Full Length) – 1980 Documentary

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TV series The Deep End saw reporter Bill Manson trying his hand at a variety of tasks, from female impersonator to Robinson Crusoe to captaining a navy frigate. In this episode, Manson is given six weeks to get in shape for a pro wrestling bout. To prepare himself for the dangerous job, 12 stone Manson hits the weights, grapples with wrestling legend Steve Rickard (On the Mat) and works with an acting tutor, barber and promoters on his onstage persona: ‘Doctor Mindbender’. “The thing that scares me," he says, "is just breaking my neck…”

The thing that scares me is just breaking my neck or having a kidney chopped in…
– Reporter Bill Manson