ITV Studios is to bring back to screens World of Sport wresting with a ten part series following a successful one-off special last Christmas.
“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.” – Jeff Jarrett, Chief Creative Officer for IMPACT Wrestling
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. The return to the now branded WOS follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016.
World Of Sport launched in 1965 as a rival to BBC One’s Grandstand and provided coverage of ‘alternative’ events which the beeb didn’t hold the rights to including horse racing, stock car racing, netball and of course its most famous offering, wrestling. The live outside broadcasts were produced by the ITV regions, with the main show complied in London by the ITV Sports Central department operated in the 1950s and 60s by ABC TV and ATV London, with sole production taken on in 1968 by LWT. Hosts included Eamonn Andrews, Fred Dinenage and Richard “Dickie” Davies.
World of Sport ended in 1985 as ITV began to screen fewer sporting events. Tickets for the new series will go on sale at 9am on Friday 7th April from the usual gig sale websites as well as at prestonguildhall.co.uk.
“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.” – Director of Entertainment, ITV Studios Manchester, Tom Mclennan