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Fox News Contributor Announces His Retirement From First Career

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Fox News contributor Tyrus, whose real name is George Murdoch, is calling it a career … as far as professional wrestling.

The Fox News personality and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion spoke to SLAM Wrestling about being done with the industry at the age of 50.

“I’m good,” he told SlamWrestling.net from his New York City office two days after the match. “We beat the hell out of each other. Everything is in slow motion.”

At 50, the now former pro wrestler said that the retirement match was his idea after talking to his children who said they wanted “daddy to be home more often” so he could go to their sporting events and take them fishing. “It was all my idea,” he said.

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When Tyrus’s first book–Just Tyrus: A Memoir–was released, he said he wanted to wrestle for a year and a half or more. Just over a year later, success that was spawned largely because of the book, as well as his television gig as a commentator on Gutfeld!, the former Funkasaurus sped up that time frame. For many of those 289 days as the NWA’s Heavyweight Champion, Tyrus wore “Sweet Charlotte” on his shoulder during the almost-daily talk show broadcasts. And before that, he displayed the NWA TV Championship on his shoulder.

Tyrus defeated then-champion Trevor Murdoch and Matt Cardona in a Triple Threat Match on November 12, 2022, a match he called “a thrill.” He successfully defended the gold four times, and wrestled in several tag team matches during his reign.

“The NWA is exploding,” he told the outlet. “So, EC3 will be defending all over. I feel he has been overlooked a lot. Me and him, just seemed right.”

He said that he has more duties at Fox News and has talked to movie producers about roles after the actors and writers strikes are done.

While noting that his “favorite thing is to wrestle,” he also acknowledged that previous big stars — big, as in notable and in physical size — sometimes stay in the business too long “and become a shell of themselves.”

“A lot stay too long. They don’t know anything else and become a shell of themselves,” he said, adding that pro wrestlers are “the greatest entertainers in the world.”

In the week ending on Friday, Aug. 25, the Fox News Channel garnered an average of 1.5 viewers during the day, compared to 1.42 million for far-left MSNBC and liberal-leaning CNN, with 1.28 million.

Fox also led in primetime, thanks, in large part, to a pair of hosts — Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld.

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In the 8 p.m. EDT slot, Watters averaged around 2.16 million versus 860,000 for Anderson Cooper on CNN and 1.42 million for MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. In the 10 p.m. EDT slot, Gutfeld ran away from CNN’s “Primetime” and MSNBC’s “Last Word” featuring Lawrence O’Donnell with 1.8 million, 607,000, and 1.5 million viewers on average, respectively.

Fox News, in general, appears to be rebounding after suffering a loss of more than a million viewers per day following the network’s decision to sideline Carlson.

The network revamped its prime-time lineup, handing Carlson’s old slot to Watters while moving Laura Ingraham to an earlier slot along with Gutfeld and keeping Sean Hannity at 9 p.m. EDT where he’s been for decades.

According to the previous cable news TV ratings, the decisions appeared to be paying off: Both Watters and Gutfeld have been dominating their slots over rivals at MSNBC and CNN, and it’s not close as Fox begins to retake the offensive the cable news wars.

Watters ended July with the top two rated shows on cable news in terms of total viewers: “The Five” and “Jesse Watters Prime Time.” Gutfeld, meanwhile, came in third place overall with his show Gutfeld! at 10 p.m. bringing in 1.983 million total viewers; he is also a co-host of “The Five.”

Last month, Fox reclaimed its previous position as the top-rated network on cable television, leading in both primetime and total day viewership. In the 25-54 demographic for total day viewership, it ranked second, with ESPN holding the top position.

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