ITV commissions new 10-part wrestling series

After months of rumours and a stop-start production, ITV have finally announced World of Sport Wrestling (WOS Wrestling).

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The statement reads:

“ITV has commissioned a new 10-part wrestling series from ITV Studios Entertainment. 
WOS Wrestling (10 x ‘60)  will be jam-packed with the UK’s top names in the sport, competing in a fun-filled evening of family sports entertainment. 
 
Recorded in front of a live audience at studios in Norwich, fans will get to see some of the finest pro wrestlers compete in various, intense bouts. At the end of each show, only one will get to take home the coveted WOS Wrestling Championship belt. 
 
Plus, backstage interviews between rounds will deliver news on what the wrestling stars are thinking – be it elation or frustration. 
 
Tom McLennan, Creative Director, ITV Studios Entertainment said
 
“There is a massive indie wrestling scene in the UK and a strong nostalgia for the wrestling shows of our youth. WOS Wrestling will combine the best of the past with incredible talent available today to make a fun, exciting and thrilling show that the whole family can enjoy.”
 
WOS Wrestling is an ITV Studios Entertainment commission for ITV. It was commissioned by Jane Beacon and Clare Ely. 
 
Audience tickets are available through https://lostintv.com/
Time will tell how the WWE reacts to the news, but one thing is for sure, it looks as though the UK wrestling scene is about to heat up even more and that can only be a good thing.

5 Predictions For The Next WWE Season

WWE is like a TV series in more ways than one, beyond the standard weekly format WWE also runs in what could be considered seasons. Every season starts on the Raw after Mania, with shake ups, debuts and returns abound and then it culminates at the next Wrestlemania. As such, let’s dive into what I think will happen before Wrestlemania 35 rolls around.

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A year is a long time in the WWE and pretty much anything could happen… just ask that kid Nicholas who became a freakin’ Tag Team Champion at Wrestlemania.

So with that in mind, here are some bold predictions that I think will happen over the course of the next “season”.

Prediction 1: Samoa Joe will win a World Title
It doesn’t really matter which World Title he wins, as I think he’s viable to win either the WWE Championship or the Universal Championship at this stage, and it will likely come down to what brand he ends up on following the Superstar Shake Up. But mark my words, this is going to be a big year for the Samoan Submission Machine and he will at some point be the top guy in the company.

Prediction 2: Rusev will leave the company
It’s an unfortunate scenario regarding Rusev. He’s one of the most over acts in the business, but for whatever reason the WWE just can’t seem to bring themselves to support and push him. Rumours were abound that he asked for his release during the build up to Wrestlemania and that he was placed in the US title match as a payoff. But with him taking the fall in that match I can’t see anything significantly changing any time soon and he will likely make the decision to ply his trade elsewhere. 

Prediction 3: Neville will return to our TV screen
On a happier note, the return of Neville is something which a lot of fans are clamoring for. The rumours surrounding his current situation have been up and down more than a roller-coaster, with reports constantly switching between him leaving and coming back, but it seems to have been silent for too long at this point. If he was going to leave then I think he will have done already, and at this point I see him coming back in a big way.
PS – This could age really badly depending on what happens this week on TV.

Prediction 4: Roman Reigns will beat Brock Lesnar at the Greatest Royal Rumble
The whole mystery surrounding Brock Lesnar’s current deal with the WWE and his altercation with Vince McMahon after the Wrestlemania main event is probably the most intriguing story in wrestling at the moment. The crowning of Reigns seemed inevitable, and the subsequent victory of Lesnar indicates that he’s sticking around for a while longer. But who then do you have dethrone the Beast? Well, I say it’s still Reigns and that Vince sees big money in this Greatest Royal Rumble event in Saudi Arabia. Give them a monumental moment with Roman finally toppling the baddest man on the planet and I’m sure Vince will be seeing dollar signs. Brock can then ride off into the sunset and potentially return for the rumoured one-off match with Lashley at Summerslam.

Prediction 5: A Women’s match will main event Wrestlemania 35
If Charlotte vs. Asuka and Ronda’s performance in the mixed tag match proved anything, it’s that the women can steal the show at Wrestlemania. You could quite easily argue that women made up 4/6 of the best two matches on the card this past Sunday. So come next year I expect to see the culmination of the women’s revolution, with Charlotte vs. Ronda Rousey for one of the women’s championships main eventing Wrestlemania 35. And quite honestly, I can’t see any room for complaints. Go get em.

So there we have it, five predictions for what we could be in store for over the next year’s worth of WWE. Hopefully I can come back in a year’s time and brag about how right I was. Do you have any predictions? Do you have any thoughts on ours? If so fire away in the comments section or let us know @WeAreNiche.

Review: NXT TakeOver New Orleans

It’s going to be very hard to do this PPV justice, conveying brilliance is often hard to do second hand, and the “you had to be there” effect often lessens the impact. But I’m going to do my best, and if you take anything away from this review, let it be that NXT TakeOver: New Orleans is a must watch for ANY wrestling fan.

Money in the Bank 2011, Wrestlemania 17 and now… NXT TakeOver: New Orleans. Remember the date, because last night NXT may have just put on one of, if not the, greatest wrestling shows of all time.

Many PPVs are passed off as being great because they had a main event that stole the show, others because a mid card match came out of no where to steal the spotlight. But rarely are shows remembered for being excellent from start to finish. TakeOver New Orleans will be one of those shows.

Kicking things off with a match of the year contender, and the match of the night in terms of in-ring quality (more on that later), the 6-man ladder match for the NXT North American Championship was everything we had hoped it would be and so much more.

Every wrestler had the chance to shine, and debutant Ricochet truly drove it like he stole it as JBL used to put it, delivering outstanding flip after outstanding flip, all the while selling like an absolute champ when called upon. EC3 will be remembered for taking an absolute battering during the course of the match, going through multiple spots that looked incredibly painful and downright dangerous at times. Velveteen Dream stole the match through charisma, whilst the monsters in Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan showed exactly why “big men” can be so effective in high spot matches like this.

But it was Adam Cole who stood tall above the rest and unhooked the title for the victory. It continues to amaze me how much story Cole can tell just through his facial expressions, but there were multiple moments in this match where he showed why he’s one of NXT’s best and most loved.

The one down side to kicking the show off with a match of such quality was that it burnt the crowd out pretty quickly, causing the next two matches to suffer from a post-5 star match lull in heat.

Ember Moon defending her title against Shayna Baszler was up next, and despite being given the death spot, the two women managed to work a very engaging and effective story throughout the match. Focussing on Ember working over Baszler’s arm as punishment for the reversed roles during the build to this match, but with Shayna finding ways to stay in the match before eventually trapping Ember in a really nice reversal that sealed the win via submission.

Hopefully Ember will be given the call up to the main roster, but given the lack of focus on her post-match I’m starting to have my doubts. Perhaps a third TakeOver match between the pair could be on the cards, whilst Triple H waits and sees who Vince steals from his roster before focussing on the inevitable rebuild of the women’s division in NXT.

The Tag Team Championship Triple Threat match went next, and despite being brutalised during the ladder match earlier in the night Adam Cole was out again to pull double duty. Fortunately he didn’t have to do very much at all, being taken out early on by a double power bomb through the announce table and not reappearing until after the finish.

Speaking of the finish, it was perhaps the one that the least people saw coming throughout the night. Just as it appeared as though Dunne and Roderick Strong had the match won, Roddy turned on Dunne and handed the win to the Undispited Era, joining Adam Cole’s faction in the process.

It was one of those sights that will be hard to forget and was an incredibly interesting moment that should set us up for an exciting storyline to build through the next TakeOver event. Roddy hasn’t really made the cut as a white meat baby face, so to see him aligned with the UE should do wonders for his career.

In an equally surprising moment, the NXT Championship match was announced as being next up, meaning that the unsanctioned match between Gargano and Ciampa was going to main event the show. Unusual, particularly with the unsanctioned match by nature not being a WWE product, but a welcome change.

Black and Almas put on a really strong showing, not as good as Almas’ match with Gargano at the last TakeOver show, but really enthralling never the less. There were moments in this match where it seemed as though Almas had the match won, but to the surprise of virtually no one is was Black who overcame the odds of Vega being ringside and fought his way to victory and the NXT championship.

It will be interesting to see who Black faces at the next TakeOver, given the quality of match these two put on I would be happy to see them go at it again, but something tells me that Almas may not be destined for NXT much longer.

Finally we had what was undoubtedly the match of the night. As I mentioned earlier the 6-man ladder match may have had the best in-ring action, but this match came in at a close second and it doubled down on the instant classic nature by having one of the best stories within a match that I have ever seen. The blood feud between Gargano and Ciampa was played off brilliantly here, with both men fighting like they wanted to kill the other (Quite literally in the final moments). This match had emotion, action, tension and everything else you could possibly want from a wrestling match. I cannot stress to you enough how brilliantly this match was booked, and there were enough nearfalls to give Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker a run for their money. This match was gold and I hope that Vince McMahon sees what a special pair of people he has at his disposal here.

NXT TakeOver New Orleans was without a doubt the best TakeOver yet, but I dare say that it’s probably one of the best WWE shows of all time, regardless of time period or size. If you’re a fan of wrestling, even if you don’t enjoy WWE, then do yourself a favour and watch this show… you won’t regret it.

Wrestlemania 34 Predictions vol. 2 FT. The Royal Grumble

Wrestlemania week is well underway and as such we’re very happy to bring to you our first authored article. Following on from our own predictions which we posted yesterday, we’re now very happy to bring you the predictions of the fine folks over at The Royal Grumble podcast.

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Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal
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Who cares? I mean of course I care who wins this prestigious trophy. I could see someone like Goldust winning it as a nod to his long career, that’s if surprise entrant Rob Gronkowski doesn’t steal it.

Women’s Battle Royal
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As I predicted on this weeks Royal Grumble (available on iTunes), I think this is where Bayley gets a measure of revenge against Sasha Banks, eliminating her to win the cup. I feel like I’m letting my co-hosts down if I don’t mention that the trophy is shaped like something I’m not sure I can mention here.

Cedric Alexander vs Mustafa Ali
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I was hoping this was on the main show, meaning at least 2 cruiserweights would get DVD cheques (wrap that around your banana and eat it A Double). Cedric Alexander looks to be the guy to win this.

Cesaro and Sheamus vs Braun Strowman and TBD
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Our big prediction is that Curt Hawkins will break his record breaking (probably) losing streak by becoming Braun’s partner, having little to no involvement while Braun does what Braun does best.

The Usos vs The New Day vs The Bludgeon Brothers
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I’m a bit gutted that the Bludgeon Brothers with their hamme… I mean Mallets (sorry Hunter) got added to this, and I love me some Luke Harper. The Usos to retain here beating one of the New Day.

The Miz vs Seth Rollins vs Finn Balor
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This should be a good match, The Miz will lose the title here (he’s needed for bigger things, again check out the show to know more). My prediction is Seth Rollins as the focus seems to be more on Balor in the build.

Orton vs Roode vs Mahal vs Rusev
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This would have been the match I went away to make a coffee if it wasn’t for the addition of Rusev. My head says Jinder as he has been so quiet since his unlikely title reign, but my heart is with the Bulgarian Brute. He needs this moment more than anyone, especially with Wrestlemania being held on Rusev Day.

Alexa Bliss vs Nia Jax
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SQUASH MATCH ALERT! if this goes longer than a minute I will be shocked. I fully expect Nia to destroy Alexa and bring home the gold.

Charlotte Flair vs Asuka
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The streak cannot end here. I do worry considering Charlotte’s pedigree but there is still mileage in the streak the longer it goes. Asuka to win in what could be one of the best matches of the night.

Kurt Angle and Ronda Rousey vs Triple H and Stephanie McMahon
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Ah, the annual Steph bump. My guess is this will follow the pattern of last years mixed tag match of Cena/Nikki vs Miz/Maryse, where the guys do most of the work while also building to Ronda finally stepping in the ring. Wrestlemania is the one time of year that the power couple like to take the fall so I see both tapping out at the same time to the Ankle Lock and Arm Bar.

Daniel Bryan and Shane McMahon vs Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn
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I can’t wait to see Daniel Bryan back in the ring, and he has the perfect opponents here. Kevin Owens will get the win for his team in a match that I can imagine will have lots of plunder (Shane has nothing to fall from so he’s got to get damaged some other way).

Brock Lesnar vs Roman reigns
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Its time to crown the biggest dog in the yard. This match has had nearly 4 years of build and no matter the crowd reaction, I can’t see anything other than Roman finally beating Brock and been crowned Champion at Wrestlemania.

AJ Styles vs Shinsuke Nakamura
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If you have seen their Wrestlekingdom 10 match (if not, why not) you know these two can create magic together. AJ has been a true star since coming to WWE just a few weeks after that match, while Shinsuke has coasted since his brilliant match with Sami Zayn, only his charisma and “It factor” has really kept him in the spotlight. I predict this will be the night we see the Nakamura who debuted two years ago, and alongside AJ Styles will create something really epic. Nakamura to take the gold here, though the result will be second to the contest these two will have.

Cena vs Undertaker
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Will it happen? Probably, if not there might be a riot. The Undertaker to return and get a win over Big match John. Bonus points (yes, I’m giving myself bonus points) if the famous Streak ending reaction guy gets shown on camera during the introductions.


The Royal Grumble Podcast releases a new episode every Sunday, check them out on iTunes or via their website Royalgrumble.podbean.com, Facebook.com/Royalgrumble, on Twitter @royalgrumblepod, or their Twitch live streams at twitch.com/royalgrumble.

 

Many thanks to The Royal Grumble for sharing their predictions with us! Make sure you go and check out their show, with a Wrestlemania Week show going live today.