ITV to resurrect World of Sport wrestling
Wednesday 07 August 2013
Former hit TV show World of Sport (WOS) wrestling is set to return in a one-off event that will resurrect the once hugely popular Saturday afternoon programme.
The long-running rival to BBC Grandstand was scrapped in 1988 despite over 30 years of broadcasting, and a history of successful events that saw The Duke of Edinburgh attend a match at the Royal Albert Hall in 1963.
WOS wrestling will return with a comeback event at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls on 17 November, where new names to the sport will join veterans such as masked “samurai” warrior, Kendo Nagasaki, and the technically gifted Johnny Saint.
The event will be recorded for ITV, who formerly broadcasted World of Sport, although no commitment has been made to broadcast the show on television.
At its peak, WOS Wrestling audience figures reached 18 million when the 1981 match between Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks aired from Wembley Arena.
WOS Wrestling’s revival has been three years in the making, with John Chapman, also known for this involvement in the Leveson inquiry, at the steering wheel.
Chapman said: “What's old is new again. 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.“
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
Oscars 2015 Bringing you all the news from the 87th Academy Awards
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Film Hollywood's new leading lady talks about her Ramsay Street days
Oscar voter speaks outfilm
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 The black and blue dress: Makers considering a white and gold version
- 2 Husband and wife die holding hands within hours of each other after 67 years of marriage
- 3 What color is The Dress, white and gold or blue and black? An eyewitness gives a definitive answer
- 4 The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory
- 5 Madonna claims jokes about her age tantamount to racism: 'No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black'
Seinfeld is laughing all the way to the bank: TV show generates $3.1bn in repeat fees since final episode
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl: First look at Oscar winner as transgender artist
Blade Runner sequel: Harrison Ford confirmed to return with Denis Villeneuve directing
All fiction follows one of six basic storylines, according to new research
House of Cards season 3 premiere, review: Has Frank Underwood gone soft?
Oscars 2015: Birdman beats Boyhood as Eddie Redmayne and Patricia Arquette win big - as it happened
New theory could prove how life began and disprove God
Half of Ukip voters say they are prejudiced against people of other races
'Cash for access' scandal: Sir Malcolm Rifkind says 'unrealistic' for MPs to live on £67,000 salary
This is what it's like to be dead, according to a guy who died for a bit
Aqsa Mahmood branded a 'disgrace' by her parents after claims she recruited three UK girls flying to Middle East