World Of Sport Wrestling returns to ITV on Saturday 31st December at 5pm for a one-off special. Here is everything you need to know.
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Most fans of British wrestling will already be aware that World Of Sport Wrestling returns tomorrow evening at 5pm on ITV for a one-off special with WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and Alex Shane (former wrestler, promoter and tv producer) on commentary, however we can now share more details with you as ITV have issued their official press release:
Official ITV World Of Sport Wrestling Press Release
World of Sport Wrestling makes a historic and triumphant return to ITV for a one-off special, with an exciting mix of fast paced action and family fun for all.
30 years after the original ended, ITV brings together the UK’s top wrestling talent in a spectacular display of their sport; a showcase for the next generation of WOS Wrestling.
This two hour special will see some of the finest pro wrestlers in the UK such as ‘Grado’, ‘Mastiff and ‘Viper’ compete in front of a live studio audience across seven rounds of fast-paced and intense bouts. At the end of the show only one fighter will take home the WOS Wrestling Championship belt.
From singles to knockout rounds, tag team bouts and ladder matches where fighters must be the first to the top of a ladder and physically grab a suitcase to win, through to a seven-man elimination fight, each and every fighter is in it to win it.
Hosting the highly anticipated television event and commentating as the action unfolds is world-renowned wrestling commentator Jim Ross, alongside professional British wrestler and commentator Alex Shane.
Between rounds, the action moves backstage to hear from the wrestlers and get their reactions to the unfolding drama in the ring, be it triumph or anguish. They’ll also hear from WOS Wrestling’s general manager Mr Beesley.
Reminding viewers of the history of WOS Wrestling, the one-off will also take a look back at the original World of Sport Wrestling, with archive footage and interviews with wrestling heroes of the past including “Rollerball” Rocco, Johnny Saint and Klondyke Kate.
Speaking about the historic return of WOS Wrestling commentator Jim Ross said: “I’ve been blessed to have had a 40 year plus broadcast career, but can honestly say being part of ITV Studio’s production of World of Sport Wrestling has been a career highlight for me. The wrestling talent assembled is brilliant on all levels and they have succeeded in living their wrestling dream on this iconic brand. World of Sport Wrestling lives again!”
Video Preview Of The World Of Sport Wrestling Show
Here is a video preview of the show, courtesy of ITV:
Who Are The Wrestlers That Will Be Appearing On The ITV World Of Sport Wrestling Special?
Wrestlers confirmed to be appearing on the WOS Wrestling special are:
Nicknames: ‘The Lowlander’ and ‘The Chubby Wee’
Height: 5 ft 11 inches Weight: 235 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Wee Boot/ Grado Kick’ and ‘Get Tae Yer Bed’
Grado was born in 1988, grew up in Stevenson, Scotland and made his wrestling debut in 2002. He is considered the ultimate underdog, full of charisma and a crowd favourite. WOS Wrestling commentator Alex Shane referred to him as “as close to ‘Big Daddy’ as we’ve had in 30 years”.
Nicknames: ‘Big Bad’, ‘Human Hate Machine’
Height: 5 ft 10 inches Weight: 315 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Cannonball’ and ‘Discus Lariat’
Mastiff is from the Black Country and began wrestling in 2002. He has over 14 years wrestling experience, holding countless championships in the UK, Japan and the US. Considered a hard man mountain of a wrestler who takes no prisoners. Comparing him to WOS Wrestlers of the past, commentator Alex Shane said: “If Grado is Big Daddy, Mastiff is Giant Haystacks”.
Nicknames: ‘Big Van Viper’, ‘Miss Viper’ and ‘The Vixen of Violence’
Height: 5 ft 8 inches Weight: 209 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Powerslam’, ‘Viper Bomb’ and ‘Elevator Drop’
Viper was born in 1991 and grew up in Ayrshire, Scotland. Since her in-ring debut in 2009 she has racked up an impressive number of official bouts for various leagues all over Europe and in the USA. WOS Wrestling commentator Alex Shane referred to her as the “next generation of Klondyke Kate”.
Height: 5 ft 8 inches Weight: 138 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Rose Thorn’
Alexis hails from Cheshire and was a gymnast for 10 years, competing at national level before moving into wrestling. She trained in Manchester and had her first professional wrestling fight in 2015 in China. She has quickly risen up in the ranks of women’s wrestling to become one of the UK’s leading female fighters.
Nickname: ‘Delicious Danny Hope’
Height: 6 ft Weight: 199 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Tassel Up’, ‘Blue Steel’ and ‘Elton Bomb’
Danny was born in 1984 and is billed as coming from ‘Tassel-town’. Before wrestling he played football for Rochdale and Blackburn Rovers until he was injured. He has been increasingly active on the UK independent scene, both as a singles competitor and a tag team wrestler.
Nickname: ‘The East End Butcher’
Height: 5 ft 11 inches Weight: 235 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Exploder Suplex’, ‘Mongolian Chop’ and ‘Spinning Side Slam’
Sha was born in 1985 and grew up in East London.He wrestles all over Europe as a singles star and often tag teams with fellow WOS wrestlers Grado, Kenny Williams, Rampage and El Ligero.
Nickname: ‘The Vigilante’
Height: 5 ft 11 inches Weight: 237 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Split-legged Moonsault’ and ‘Keylock’
Johnny was born in 1980 in Egremont, Cumbria and began wrestling in 1998 in the UK. He owns and runs Johnny Moss School of Pro Wrestling and has trained people all over the world including wrestler Zack Sabre Jr and WWE superstar Finn Balor. Johnny has become recognised as one of the best technical competitors on the British professional wrestling circuit.
Height: 5 ft 9 inches Weight: 159 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Quiff Buster’, ‘Satellite DDT’ and ‘Running Knee Strike’
Kenny was born in 1993 in Glasgow, Scotland and made his wrestling debut in 2012. His wrestling style is considered as an ’80’s throwback, cruiserweight wrestler. Described by WOS Wrestling commentator Alex Shane as “World Of Sports future”.
Nickname: ‘The Pound 4 Pound Best’
Height: 5 ft 7 inches Weight: 189 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Texas Cloverleaf Submission’
CJ was born in 1988 and grew up in Southport, Merseyside. Since debuting in 2004, he has wrestled for many of the UK’s top promotions and is a key name in the UK industry. CJ has mastered many different styles and is a solid technical wrestler who can also throw a punch with his cruiserweight build. World of Sport Wrestling commentator Alex Shane said: “He reminds me of a young ‘Dynamite Kid’ – Tom Billington”
Nickname: ‘The Mexican Sensation’
Height: 5 ft 7 inches Weight: 161 lbs
Signature moves: ‘C4L’ (springboard tornado DDT), ‘El Booto’ and ‘Mexican Splash’
El Ligero was born in 1985 and joins WOS Wrestling all the way from Los Sanchos, Mexico.He is known across the world, wrestling in USA, France, Italy and Spain. As a lightweight wrestler, El Ligero’s in-ring performances are full of visually impressive spots including springboards a lot of exciting aerial manoeuvres.
Nickname: ‘Liverpool’s #1’
Height: 6 ft 3 inches Weight: 180 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Punt Kick’, ‘Frog Splash’ and ‘Shankly Gates’
Zack was born and raised in Liverpool and trained at a wrestling school in Runcorn. One of his biggest in-ring achievements was being crowned victor of the first ever “Davey Boy Smith Cup” Tournament, in honour of the late World of Sport and WWE legend.
Nickname: ‘Superstylin Sam Bailey’
Height: 5 ft 10 inches Weight: 181 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Bail Out’, ‘Face Jam’ and ‘Sam Dunk’
Sam was born in 1988 and is based in Manchester. Since debuting in 2006, he has wrestled across the UK but is best known in the North West. Here he received training from former World Of Sport star ‘Gypsy’ John Kenny. Sam’s disco-loving character has cemented his reputation as a fan favourite in the UK scene. In the ring he combines dancing with fast-paced manoeuvres. World Of Sport Wrestling commentator Alex Shane described him as “one of the most underrated talents in British wrestling today”.
Height: 6 ft 1 inches Weight: 175 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Running knee lift’ and ‘flying elbow’
Ashton was born in 1988 and is from Manchester. Although he had aspirations of becoming a professional footballer, he soon turned to wrestling. Ashton made his in-ring debut in 2005 under the name ‘Blackdeath’. His wrestling style is high flyer as a steady all-rounder with a decent technical knowledge.
Nicknames: ‘Bad News’ and ‘Bad News Brown’
Height: 6 ft 1 inches Weight: 233 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Piledriver’, ‘Brainbuster Suplex’ and ‘Curb Stomp’
Rampage was born in 1983 and grew up in Leeds. He made his debut in 1998, aged 15, and has smashed through the UK wrestling scene since then. Rampage is known for being a physically imposing wrestler who uses his size and strengths to obliterate opponents and is regarded as one of the best wrestlers in Europe, regularly headlining shows worldwide in both singles and tag competition
JOE COFFEY (COFFEY BROTHERS)
Nickname: ‘The Iron Man’
Height: 5 ft 11 inches Weight: 261 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Black Coffey’, ‘Boston Crab’ and ‘German Suplex’
Joe was born in 1988 and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Since his debut in 2009, Joe has wrestled throughout the UK, Japan and around the world. Joe’s athletic dominance is apparent in the ring where he can outpace his opponents with ease.
MARK COFFEY (COFFEY BROTHERS)
Nickname: ‘The Real Deal’
Height: 6 ft 2 inches Weight: 238 lbs
Signature moves: ‘Crowning Glory’
Mark was born in 1990 and grew up in Glasgow, Scotland. Aiming to step out of his older brother Joe’s shadow who already carried a reputation in the Scottish wrestling scene, Mark is one of the top rising stars in the country. Mark successfully wrestled in Japan and often tags with brother Joe.
How To Participate In The Show’s Discussion On Social Media
You can post your thoughts and opinions along with other wrestling fans live during the show using the hashtag #WOS and following the Twitter account @wosWrestlingITV
Where To Watch World Of Sport Wrestling In The UK
World of Sport Wrestling returns for its one-off special on Saturday 31st December 2017 at 5PM on ITV. Help promote British wrestling and encourage further TV programming by tuning in and commenting live via social media during the show.