Wrestle stars to fight in Pudsey in tribute to Armley wrestling legend

Pudsey Civic Hall fundraising event.''Drew McDonald (left) and Mason Ryan (right).
Pudsey Civic Hall fundraising event.''Drew McDonald (left) and Mason Ryan (right).
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A WRESTLING night will be staged at Pudsey Civic Hall next week in memory of a wrestling legend from Armley who lost his battle against cancer earlier this year.

Big name wrestlers, including former WWE star Mason Ryan, will fight at the American style wrestling fundraiser in aid of Drew McDonald’s family.

Scottish born Mr McDonald, who had lived in the Armley area of Leeds for 30 years, wrestled in bouts all over the world as the ‘Highlander from Hell.’

During his wrestling career Mr McDonald, who was a regular on TV, partnered Big Daddy in the ring and his opponents included Giant Haystacks, William Regal and Robbie Brookside.

The grandfather-of-one was diagnosed with cancer of the small intestine last November and died aged 59 in February this year.

Mr McDonald’s friends from the wrestling community have organised the event in Pudsey from 7pm on Friday April 24 to raise cash for his family.

Mr McDonald’s partner of 30 years Monica Markwart, 64, is also fighting cancer. She said: “The wrestling world has been amazing to us. It just shows how well he was thought of.”

Miss Markwart added: “Around 400 people came to his funeral service. He was very popular and very loved.”

Mr McDonald was a talent scout for the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) and helped launch the careers of a string of British wrestlers. Also fighting at the Pudsey event will be Danny Collins, Johnny Angel, Flatliner, Frankie Sloan, Little Legs and James Mason. Mr Mason, 35, who has helped organise the night, said: “Drew always kept the wrestlers in the locker room entertained with his stories. He was a very funny man and it’s no wonder that the cream of the British wrestling community are coming together to pay homage to their colleague.” Tickets, priced at £10, will be available on the door or in advance on 0844 8700000.

Paula Dillon, President of Leeds Chamber Commerce.

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