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Memphis manager Bert Prentice passes away

Bert Prentice, best known for his run in the Memphis wrestling territory as a manager, has passed away.

Prentice had been battling cancer. USA Championship Wrestling, which was owned by Prentice, announced his passing on Facebook. 

“It is with a heavy heart that USA Championship Wrestling announces the passing of our leader, our family, & our friend Bert Prentice,” the promotion wrote. “He will be greatly missed by all that knew him, as well as the lives he [touched] over the years [through] wrestling and his philanthropic endeavors for the children. Rest in Peace our dear friend.”

Prentice debuted in the USWA in the early 90s and would eventually come to manage the WWE talent that would come into the territory that would feud with Jerry Lawler. Names like Bret Hart, Owen Hart, and Giant Gonzalez came into the territory and were managed by Prentice during their appearances. He also went on to feud with Jacqueline Moore, who was known as Miss Texas in the USWA.

Prentice also did announcing work as one of the early announcers for NWA-TNA Xplosion. 

“We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bert Prentice - who was involved in the very early days of TNA and was the host of Xplosion alongside Jeremy Borash,” Impact wrote on Twitter. “We offer our sincere condolences to his friends and family.”