Wrestling is to return to ITV more than thirty years after the channel’s original ‘World of Sport’ coverage, famously hosted by Dickie Davies, came to an end.
The sport’s popularity made household names of legendary stars such as Big Daddy, Mick McManus and Rollerball Rocco and now a new generation of wrestlers from the current red-hot UK wrestling scene are set to follow in their footsteps.
A ten-part series is being produced by ITV Studios Entertainment Manchester, Anthem Sports and Entertainment Corp, the parent company of IMPACT Wrestling, to bring the sport back to TV.
The commission from ITV’s Helen Warner follows a successful one-off-special, which aired on New Year’s Eve 2016.
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 to revive the legacy of this historic British series.”