— ITV in the UK have announced that they have come to terms on a deal that will revive the network’s World of Sport Wrestling. The promotion ran on ITV from 1955 through 1988 and drew impressive ratings during that era, with as many as eighteen million tuning in at the promotion’s peak in 1981.
The promotion will have its comeback event at Fairfield Halls in Croydon, with the event being taped for TV. The press release says that it will feature new wrestlers but “promises to be in the spirit of traditional World of Sport Wrestling” which used a technical style of rules put together by the late Admiral Lord Mountevans. Several original names will make a special appearance including Kendo Nagasaki and Johnny Saint.
The following press release was issued today:
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 http://www.fairfield.co.uk, 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.
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