One of independent wrestling’s most popular acts is the faction The Ugly Ducklings. The team featuring Colby Corino, Lance Lude and Rob Killjoy along with their manager Coach Mikey have been a featured independent act the last few years. The group has captured titles in popular independent promotions like FEST Wrestling, Rockstar Pro, and PWX. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken its toll on independent wrestling, however. With shows not running as often, it has given some people time to evaluate where they are and maybe change their plans.
This could be the case as the group’s manager Coach Mikey has decided to step away from at least traveling for pro wrestling. Earlier today, the manager took to social media to announce what seems to be his decision to retire.
Hello everyone! This has been one of the most difficult decisions I’ve had to make but I know it’s also the best decision for me right now. With the exception of selective regional shows, I will be stepping away from traveling for pro wrestling. It has been my entire life for the past 4 years but right now I know I need to work on myself and my mental well being. Before anyone worries, I want to say I’M OKAY! I’m better than okay. I’ve already been working on myself during this down time and I would like to continue to do so.
I want to thank Rob, Lance, and Colby for letting me live out my dream and giving me a better life than I could ever imagine. You three are my brothers. Thank you to any promoters that gave me a platform to perform and saw me as more than “just a manager”. To every locker room that welcomed me with open arms. To every fan that I got to talk to at our merch table. To every single person I shared a smile with. You mean more to me than you could ever imagine.
“Your mental health is a priority. Your happiness is an essential. Your self-care is a necessity.”
This isn’t goodbye, it’s see ya later. (Sorry. I had to say it!) #workhorsemen
Professional wrestling knows that even a manager can be an integral part to the success of an act. Corino, Killjoy, and Lude are talented wrestlers, and Coach Mikey was an added element of fun and entertainment to what they’ve done. From the staff at Bodyslam, we wish Coach Mikey the best in his retirement. Ducks fly together, Coach.
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