Several WWE superstars are in mourning after news broke that British wrestling legend Drew McDonald had passed away.
McDonald was just 59 years old (not 60 like some reports have stated). He had been battling cancer. That news had been revealed in January of this year, and several fundraisers had been set up to help the veteran in his time of need. In fact, one was scheduled for this very weekend.
McDonald had obviously had an influence on many stars currently in the WWE, with Paige, Bad News Barrett, William Regal and Sheamus among the many to tweet their condolences.
McDonald was a well known and beloved in both Scotland and Great Britain in the 1980s as a regular on the ITV's nationally televised wrestling show that appeared on World of Sport, where he was watched by millions. During this time he starred alongside Giant Haystacks, Big Daddy and Fit Finlay.
McDonald made appearances for Stampede Wrestling in Canada. McDonald also semi-regularly appeared for WCW when the promotion toured Europe. During his time in Canada he actually feuded with future WWE superstar Chris Benoit.
Remembrance and Tributes
Here are some of the tributes given to McDonald by various stars of Vince McMahon's company, all of whom will have benefitted from the Scotsman's pushing wrestling to the forefront of entertainment in the United Kingdom.
William Regal went into more depth about his experiences with McDonald and wrote a longer message in remembrance of a good friend lost far too early.
"Very sorry to hear of the passing of Drew McDonald. Drew was a great unselfish Pro. A wonderful rogue who lived life to the fullest. I've known and been friends with Drew since 1984 and have travelled and wrestled with him all over Europe." - William Regal
"Even once in East Germany before the Wall came down and always enjoyed every second spent with him,mostly laughing.He lived life on his terms which is a life well lived.My best wishes to Monica,his wife.I'll not put any sentimental nonsense pal as neither of us brought into any of it and you'd tell me to "Behave Laddie'", Regal went on to add.
Perhaps the most heartfelt of all the condolences came from WWE diva Paige. The English girl possibly owes her whole WWE career to Drew McDonald.
McDonald opened a wrestling school up in Leeds that the future WWE Diva's Champion would attend as a teenager, learning the trade that sees her where she is today. It was also McDonald that pushed for Paige to get her initial tryout with the WWE. Paige painted a tribute to McDonald on her arms before she competed live on last night's Monday Night Raw.