25th Mar2017

Anthem & Jeff Jarrett bring ‘World of Sport Wrestling’ back to ITV

by Phil Wheat

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ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester has teamed up with Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corp; the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, to bring WOSWrestling back to ITV for a 10-part series.

The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows the one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016.

Thirty years after the original World of Sport ended – and legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco left British screens – this new series will feature the very best of today’s wrestlers from the current red-hot UK wrestling scene. They will compete in front of a live audience at the intimate Preston Guild Hall on Thursday 25th May and Friday 26th May; and tickets for these shows will go on sale at 9am Friday 7th April from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk

ITV Studios will co-produce the new 10-part WOS series with Anthem. The Executive Producers for ITV Studios are Tom Mclennan and Simon Marsh. Director of Entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester, Tom Mclennan said:

Britain’s wrestling scene is thriving and there has never been a better time to bring it back to ITV after a gap of 30 years.

Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, added:

The WOS brand is etched in professional wrestling tradition. My family’s lineage in the industry dates back 70-plus years, so I am honoured to revive the legacy of this historic British series.

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