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MANCHESTER | NASHVILLE – ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester announced today that it has teamed up with IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV, with an initial commission for a 10-part series.
 
The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016. The Executive Producers for ITV Studios are Tom McLennan and Simon Marsh. Jeff Jarrett, the Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, will be the Executive Producer for IMPACT Wrestling.
 
Thirty years after the original WOS 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 U.K. 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 (doors 7pm / bell time 7.30pm).
 
Tickets for these historic shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk
 
There will also be a launch event this Monday (27th March) at 2pm in Manchester, where the full details of the WOS live shows will be announced, including the roster. Press and fans are invited to attend to the launch, which will include a Q&A and meet & greet. Places are extremely limited, to reserve one please email [email protected]<script data-cfhash='f9e31' type="text/javascript">/* */</script>
 
This initial commission is part of a comprehensive co-production agreement between ITV Studios and IMPACT Wrestling to relaunch the WOS Wrestling brand, bringing British stars to ITV while leveraging the roster and creative team of Impact Wrestling along with its expertise in live event production and international distribution.
 
“This opportunity to work with ITV Studios to revive this iconic brand in the United Kingdom is a perfect example of the ways in which we intend to leverage our strengths to build our presence in international markets in collaboration with local organizations,” said Ed Nordholm, President of Impact Wrestling.
 
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 for the opportunity to work on reviving the legacy of this historic British series.”
 
Press Contacts
 
ITV
 
Jo Farrelly
 
Anthem
 
Simon Rothstein
 
Ariel Shnerer
Director, Programming & Communications
Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp.
 
Joint statement from Anthem Sports, ITV and Impact.

 

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John Chapman put together a WOS pilot a few years ago? I never knew that, I thought he left the wrestling industry years ago.

 

Well this pretty much confirms what we expected, I wonder what Impact's involvement will be. The recent deal with AAA plus their relationship with NOAH added to all of this could make it a very interesting time for wrestling. Incredible to think how important the UK has become in the game of wrestling dominance today.

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http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/world-sport-wrestling-return-tv-10087890

 

10 Part Series to be taped at Preston Guildhall. Expected 5pm Saturday timeslot. Will be interesting to see how many of the original roster will return as I don't believe they all have contracts.

 

Wonder if Fludder has booked Evoque for some afternoon shows yet,
 

 

 

World of Sport wrestling is returning to ITV on Saturday afternoons – after a break of over 30 years.

The broadcaster brought back the show for a one-off special which aired on New Year’s Eve and proved to be a hit with more than a million viewers who loved the grappling action on offer.

 

Now thirty years after the original WOS ended – and legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco left British screens – a new ten part series will feature the very best of today’s wrestlers from the current red-hot UK wrestling scene.

Full details will be revealed at a launch event in Manchester on Monday, but the wrestlers will be filmed competing in front of a live audience at the intimate Preston Guild Hall in May, with tickets going on sale next week.

 

World of Sport previously aired every Saturday in the UK between 1965 and 1985, running in competition with BBC’s Grandstand.

The show previously featured an array of sports, though it became well known for prominently featuring pro wrestling and made household names of several of its competitors.

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.”

It’s thought the show will once again be given a teatime slot of around 5pm with bosses hopeful millions of old and new fans will tune in.

Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks were among some of the more famous faces who wrestled under the World of Sport banner during its initial run.

 

On Monday the full details of the WOS live shows will be announced in Manchester at 2pm. Fans are invited to attend to the launch, which will include a Q&A and meet & greet. Places are extremely limited, to reserve one please email wswaudience@itv.com
 

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TNA have now put the press release on their site and tweeted that they're "teaming up" with ITV. Jarrett is listed as an Executive Producer on the press release. Tapings are 25th/26th May with tickets on sale(!) not free, on 7th April

https://twitter.com/IMPACTWRESTLING/status/845072742948982784

 

 


MANCHESTER | NASHVILLE – ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester announced today that it has teamed up with IMPACT Wrestling, a subsidiary of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., to bring WOS Wrestling back to ITV, with an initial commission for a 10-part series.

The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016. The Executive Producers for ITV Studios are Tom McLennan and Simon Marsh. Jeff Jarrett, the Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling, will be the Executive Producer for IMPACT Wrestling.

Thirty years after the original WOS 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 U.K. 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 (doors 7pm / bell time 7.30pm).

Tickets for these historic shows will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from Gigsandtours.com / Ticketmaster.co.uk / prestonguildhall.co.uk

There will also be a launch event this Monday (27th March) at 2pm in Manchester, where the full details of the WOS live shows will be announced, including the roster. Press and fans are invited to attend to the launch, which will include a Q&A and meet & greet. Places are extremely limited, to reserve one please email wswaudience@itv.com

This initial commission is part of a comprehensive co-production agreement between ITV Studios and IMPACT Wrestling to relaunch the WOS Wrestling brand, bringing British stars to ITV while leveraging the roster and creative team of Impact Wrestling along with its expertise in live event production and international distribution.

“This opportunity to work with ITV Studios to revive this iconic brand in the United Kingdom is a perfect example of the ways in which we intend to leverage our strengths to build our presence in international markets in collaboration with local organizations,” said Ed Nordholm, President of Impact Wrestling.

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 for the opportunity to work on reviving the legacy of this historic British series.”

 

PCW have ran Preston Guildhall for their Tribute To The Troops Shows. Vince invading Norwich and Jeff invading Preston. What a time to be alive.

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That's a lovely looking venue. Gas it been used before? Can't believe it's slipped under the pro wrestling radar before now!

It was a historic venue for wrestling dating back to the 1930s and has hosted hundreds of shows.

 

In recent years PCW ran an iPPV there last June and is running a show there this coming June 24th.

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For those keeping track, in the space of 1 month:

 

May 6 PCW Blackpool

May 6 WWE UK Norwich

May 7 WWE UK Norwich

May 7 Rev Pro London

May 7 WWE Liverpool

May 8 WWE RAW London

May 9 WWE Smackdown London

May 12 ICW Leicester

May 13 ICW Cardiff

May 14 ICW London

May 14 PROGRESS Manchester

May 25 WOS Preston

May 26 WOS Preston

May 27 PCW Preston (announced months ago)

May 27 PROGRESS London

May 28 PROGRESS London

May 29 PROGRESS London

June 5-11 WWE NXT UK tour, including June 6 in Manchester.

 

And this list isn't even exhaustive of all planned UK dates, of all significant promotions shows during this time. The amount of dates in the north west is pretty amazing alone compared to just 2 years ago.

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I wonder if Fludder was made aware before announcement. Or is helping them in any way. You'd think yes. With more wrestling fans being drawn to the area should increase his draw. With what happened to WAW with them not even mentioning they were running EPIC studios after having no problem getting in contact to tell them Swagger was still under a no compete. Shows signs of being with us or against us. Jefferson been to PCW a couple of times and enjoyed it so you'd think they'd have a relationship. Somebody on here knows, tell.

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Will something like this lead to Grado getting an Impact push? I imagine we will get the X division champion on the show, Spud and others like Storm and Edwards. Shame Galloway is no longer on Impact as I would have loved to have seen him on WoS.

Also if Jarrett is executive producer does this mean no More Shane and his shit beard.

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