It’s no secret that ITV has resurrected regular Saturday afternoon World of Sport Wrestling for the first time since 1988, with a brand-new series, filmed right here at Epic Studios!
We shared a behind the scenes look at production of the shows from trainee production assistant Alana Taylor’s perspective earlier in the year (read our May 2018 Epic Studios Crew Feature) and have since been patiently awaiting ITV’s official announcements, so that we can share a bit more information with our readers on what to expect as wrestling returns to British TV this summer.
WOS finally confirmed last week that the series will begin airing on ITV from 28th July at 5pm, with more big news following shortly afterwards, as Stu Bennett (former WWE wrestler also known as Wade Barrett) was announced as executive and commentator for the series.
Below you can read a little about some of the wrestlers featuring in 10 WOS Wrestling episodes showing over the summer:
Grado (Graeme Stevely) is a Scottish wrestler signed to Impact Wrestling, current WOS champion and maybe best known for his time with Insane Championship Wrestling in Glasgow. He’s a crowd-pleasing family favourite and known to be a bit of a joker.
British Bulldog Jnr (Harry Francis Smith) is a Canadian professional wrestler, currently with New Japan Pro-Wrestling and residing in Japan. He is known for his signature ‘Bulldog Bomb’ finishing move, and has a seemingly endless list of championship wins behind him.
Will (The Aerial Assassin) Ospreay, also signed to NJPW, was born in London and made his debut aged just 19. He was the first Briton to win the International Wrestling Grand Prix Junior Heavyweight Championship and the Best of the Super Juniors.
Joe (The Prestigious One) Hendry, is also from Scotland and signed to Impact Wrestling. He has a reputation for mocking his opponents (and winning!) He represented Scotland in the Commonwealth Games and is a British Senior Championship gold medal winner (freestyle wrestling).
Kay Lee Ray (Kayleigh Ray), again from Scotland, made her debut aged 17 and has since become known as the ‘fastest rising star in British female Wrestling’. She appeared on British Boot Camp II and was a contestant in the Mae Young Classic.
- Martin Kirby
- CJ Banks
- Bea Priestley
- ‘The Alpha Male’ Iestyn Rees
- Robbie X
- ‘The Monster’ Crater
- ‘Superbad’ Kip Sabian
- ‘Superhuman’ Justin Sysum
- Nathan Cruz
- Adam Maxted
- Doug Williams
- Stevie Boy
- Commentator So Cal Val
- Commentator Alex Shane
Who will you be tuning in to see?