It may have received mixed reviews from wrestling fans, but ITV’s New Year’s Eve relaunch of the iconic United Kingdom pro graps show World of Sport was apparently a hit with viewers.
Word broke yesterday of the one hour special’s success prompting the channel to order a ten episode series of the show. While more details will be unveiled at a press conference on Monday, March 27, one item prominently featured in the initial announcement is that Anthem Entertainment’s Impact Wrestling will be partnering on the new World of Sport.
This is the latest fairly high-profile alliance for the new Impact, and its President Ed Nordholm & Chief Creative Officer Jeff Jarrett. In the past couple weeks, partnerships with Japan’s Pro Wrestling NOAH and Mexico’s AAA & The Crash were also announced.
The former TNA recently inked a separate deal with Spike UK to broadcast their own show there, but Wrestling Observer notes that Jarrett will be “in charge of the wrestling” on a show which will feature current Impact talents Rockstar Spud and Magnus.
Here’s the press release, which also includes ticket information:
Iconic 'WOS' British Wrestling to Return to ITV
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).
There will also be a launch event this Monday (27th March) at 2 pm 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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."