20th Oct2016

Wrestling returns to UK TV with ‘WoS Wrestling’

by Phil Wheat

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ITV has announed they have commissioned a one-off wrestling special to air later this year. Produced by ITV Studios Entertainment, World Of Sport Wrestling, or WoS Wrestling for short, is a throw back to the classic wrestling programming of the 70s and early 80s (a show I grew up on pre-WWF/WCW days) and will see some of the UK’s top names in the sport compete in a fun-filled afternoon of family sports entertainment.

Tom Mclennan, Creative Director, ITV Studios Entertainment said:

World of Sport Wrestling was a major event for millions of families every Saturday afternoon for over 20 years. I’m excited about bringing back this iconic brand and celebrating the best British wrestlers in the country.

The two hour WoS Wrestling special will see some of the UK’s finest pro wrestlers including, ‘The East End Butcher’ Sha Samuels, Dave Mastiff and ‘Viper’ Kimberly Benson, compete in front of a live audience across a series of fights; from singles to tag team and eliminations.  Backstage, viewers will catch up with the wrestlers between fights and at the end of the show one fighter will take home the WoS Wrestling belt.

And whilst the return of wrestling to mainstream UK television may be enough news for some, ITV have also revealed that commentary will come from none other than former WWE play-by-play commentator Jim Ross, aka J.R.; who brings decades of experience to the show which – fingers crossed – will do well enough to become a more permanent fixture on British TV screens!

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