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    The Return of ITV's World of Sport Wrestling

    Great Britain's Iconic World of Sport Wrestling Set to Make a Comeback at Croydon's Fairfield Halls Sunday 17th November 2013

    WOS Wrestling Ltd and ITV Studios Limited have come to terms to resurrect ITV's iconic World of Sport Wrestling.

    ITV's televised wrestling broadcast from 1955 to 1988, and drew huge ratings with an average viewership of 8.5 million; at it's peak an audience of 18 million tuned in for the 1981 Big Daddy vs. Giant Haystacks match at Wembley. Other British wrestlers such as Mick McManus, Jackie "Mr TV" Pallo, Les Kellett, and "Bomber" Pat Roach all became household names. So popular was ITV's wrestling that a 1963 event held at the Royal Albert Hall featured Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, as a guest of honour.

    World of Sport Wrestling utilises a highly respected technical style drawn up by the late Admiral Lord Mountevans in the Committee Rooms of Great Britain's Houses of Parliament.

    The comeback event at Croydon's Fairfield Halls, which is being taped for ITV, will feature new wrestlers, but promises to be in the spirit of traditional World of Sport Wrestling, utilizing the Mountevans Rules. A number of the original World of Sport Wrestling legends will also be making a special appearance, including the masked man of mystery Kendo Nagasaki, and the man widely considered the world’s greatest technical wrestler; Johnny Saint.

    "What's old is new again," said WOS Wrestling Ltd's Managing Director John Chapman. "The internet age has produced a whole new generation of wrestling fans who study the wrestling skills of British legends such as Johnny Saint, Mark "Rollerball" Rocco, and Dynamite Kid. We've gone full circle. The public want this style of wrestling to come back; it's an alternative to the American style. World of Sport Wrestling goes right back to basics, putting a clear emphasis on the actual wrestling."

    The comeback event has been three years in the making. IT entrepreneur John Chapman incorporated WOS Wrestling Ltd in 2010 and started the process of acquiring rights to bon-vaninta wrestling trade marks from the Crown. In June 2013, WOS Wrestling Ltd sold numerous World of Sport trade marks rights to ITV Studios Limited with an agreement to provide new World of Sport Wrestling for ITV.

    Tickets for this family friendly event are priced at £12 adults, £10 concessions, and £40 for a family of four. Tickets may be purchased via the Fairfield Halls website, or alternatively telephone the Fairfield Halls box office on 020 8688 9291 (booking fee may apply). Tickets will also be available on the door, subject to availability. Doors open Doors 2pm, and the event commences 3pm.

    About WOS Wrestling Ltd

    WOS Wrestling Ltd, a privately held company, is principally engaged in providing family-friendly wrestling on its television programming, digital media and publishing platforms. Incorporated in 2010, WOS Wrestling Ltd acquired rights to numerous bon-vaninta wrestling trademarks from the Crown. In 2012 WOS Wrestling Ltd (in conjunction with ITV Broadcasting Limited) began distribution of classic World of Sport Wrestling television episodes on iTunes. In 2013 WOS Wrestling Ltd sold numerous trade mark rights to World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc, and sold numerous World of Sport trade mark rights to ITV Studios Limited with an agreement to provide new World of Sport Wrestling for ITV. The company is headquartered in Ware, Hertfordshire, UK, with offices Delaware, USA (WOS Wrestling Inc). WOS Wrestling Ltd has consecutively produced annual pre and post tax profits that have contributed towards corporation tax.

    Additional information on WOS Wrestling Ltd can be found at

    About ITV Studios Limited

    ITV Studios UK is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, creating over 3,500 hours of original programming each year. Building on a heritage of over 50 years of quality programme-making, ITV Studios UK produces across a wide range of genres, from drama and entertainment to factual and lifestyle, for channels including ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Sky, Discovery, National Geographic Channel, History and Channel 5. It is based in London, Manchester’s MediaCityUK and Leeds.

    Additional information on ITV Studios Limited can be found at

    WOS, World of Sport and the World of Sport logo are registered trademarks of ITV Studios Limited. ITV is a registered trademark of ITV Network Limited. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners. WOS Wrestling Ltd is registered in England and Wales, company number number 07393109. WOS Wrestling Inc is registered in Delaware, USA, company number 5089081.

  • #2
    Well innit guvna! Wha u fink Goldy? What u fink Maacho? What u fink Daywalka? What u fink DaGame? What u fink Boozie? What u fink Chaos? What u fink Queenie? What u fink Maxi?
    Last edited by Shockage; 08-05-2013, 08:05 PM.


    • #3
      I always forget its just down the road from where my sister lives, hopefully it won't be a one time event.
      Christ my cousin wrestled there a few times, defiantly going to check it out at those prices, make it a day trip.
      Last edited by Maximo; 08-05-2013, 04:38 PM.


      • #4
        I honestly don't know what to think of this. I can't quite believe it. I'd love to see it succeed, but most WOS fans have moved on, whilst today's wrestling fans want something more like WWE. They won't have any top stars to begin with, so who will you watch it? What will you watch it for?

        Also, they want a WWE alternative but look at the shows ITV tends to air, X-Factor, Britains Got Talent, a show that's like Britain's got talent only for dogs, mainstream crap. Of corse the old world of sport was part entertainment part sport, but who knows how it will work in today's climate. Maybe Paddy McGuiness will be the ring announcer/presenter and we'll all get to phone in and vote for who wrestles who and who gets to challenge for the title.

        Paddy McGuiness: And here we have the Fisherman, what do you have to say to your opponent, The X-Factor?"

        Fisherman: I'm gonna kick the carp out of you.

        Audience: Oooooooh!

        Pady McGuiness: Oh, I think Fshman is egging X-Factor on there, but will take the bait?

        I don't really trust ITV wrestling, just look at that god awful Celebrity Wrestling they did several years ago.
        Violence Just Got Sexy


        • #5
          I presume if WOS does make it onto ITV, it will be on one of their freeview channels... theres so many channels now compared to a few years ago, they really need to fill their airtime with programms that ate not endless repeats. Couldn't see wrestling making the prime channel ITV1 (like it did from the 50s To the 80s).
          There is no way they would pick up big ratings.... British wrestling needs to start on a smaller platform

          I admit that I don't really follow the British scene.... though I'd give it a try of course if it made it back to TV.