World of Sport (WOS) is back. The famous British professional wrestling program has taped new material for television. On May 10 and 11, ITV channel cameras taped several episodes of World of Sport from the Epic Studios in Norwich. A week later, the Wrestling Observer specialized portal brings the first information about it.
According to the sources of the Observer, the quality of the latest taping of World of Sport was much higher than in 2016. The independent fighter is known as Grado, the pilot’s centerpiece taped two years ago, has acquired a secondary role. Grado has a comic role and has ceased to be a centerpiece of the program, giving way to wrestlers with higher quality over the ring.
The material will begin airing approximately on July 21. The chain plans to broadcast four episodes and see how the audience reacts. Based on the results, ITV will decide whether to renew the program.
The combats and recorded segments are a mystery. The company asked that the confidentiality clause be respected and this has been the case. The only leaked fight has been one between Will Ospreay and Davey Boy Smith Jr described as the most important of the tapings. below is the list of all fighters:
- Will Ospreay
- Davey Boy Smith Jr
- Wade Barrett (commentator and authority figure)
- Joe Hendry
- Martin Kirby
- Kay Lee Ray
- Bea Priestly
- Sha Samuels
- Doug Williams
- Rampage Brown
- Nathan Cruz
- Gabriel Kidd
As happened two years ago, WWE has advanced its expansion plans for the United Kingdom to prevent the growth of WOS. According to Wrestling Observer, the company has hired a total of 20 fighters under WWE UK contracts. Of these 20, approximately 12 talents have been part of these new WOS tapings.
World of Sport was a sports anthology series that was broadcast for 20 years at ITV and presented the best and greatest fighters in Europe. When the decision was made in 1985 to cancel the series, local wrestling in that region was paralyzed for many years setting the stage for the then growing popularity of the WWF in the region to flourish only a few years later.
The program returned to television in 2016. The emission of a new pilot garnered good audience data but the plans ended up being postponed. Jeff Jarrett and Impact Wrestling they reached an agreement with WOS to produce the series. Time passed and the relationship between Jarrett and Impact distanced itself causing constant delays in the initial WOS calendar.