British Wrestling's biggest step to a revival in decades? Wrestle Talk TV debuts on Challenge!
On Sunday the 26th of August at 11pm the internet wrestling phenomenon Wrestle Talk TV, debuts on Challenge directly after America's Impact Wrestling. From humble beginnings in September 2011, the YouTube sensation has grown to having over 350,000 views and has gained mainstream attention by getting no holds barred interviews with some of the biggest names in pro wrestling such as Hulk Hogan and Mick Foley. Now the wrestling chat show has been signed to a national TV deal that will put it, and the British wrestling scene which it was created to support, in a prime position to to show the millions of wrestling fans what the Brits have got to offer in 2012. Many in the mainstream believe that the timing of this deal could not be better, with a British wrestling resurrection seemingly around the corner.
Wrestle Talk TV will be the first show to have regular features on British wrestling appear on national TV in over 25 years. Industry insiders are now predicting a return to glory for an industry that was once a national treasure. British wrestling was a national institution during the 1960's and 70's, viewed by millions every saturday afternoon. It even had celebrity fans in the Royal Family, who attended live events at the Royal Albert Hall in London. After it’s cancellation from ITV in 1988 after 33 years of programming, British wrestling disappeared from the mainstream media until 2001, when former heavyweight wrestling champion Alex Shane hosted a radio show on talkSPORT called ‘Talk Wrestling’. The show helped to bring British wrestling to an audience of over 400,000 listeners at its peak and also lead to the ‘Revival’ event in 2002, which was broadcast on national TV as a 2 hour special. Those behind Wrestle Talk TV believe that the new deal with Challenge will be the final step on the road for British wrestling's return, which some of them have been working on for over two decades.
Executive Producer and the show's creator Alex Shane said ‘The goal of Wrestle Talk TV is to give British wrestling a platform in the mainstream media which portrays us in the same light as our American counterparts. Having a show directly after the UK's most watched American wrestling show and on a TV channel that is in every home in the UK, we feel that there has never been a better chance for British wrestling to experience a proper revival’. In the last 18 months alone the British wrestling scene has had more mainstream attention than at any other point in almost three decades, with related content appearing on BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and countless newspaper and magazine articles. There is now also more British wrestling talent in the big US companies like WWE and TNA than at any other time in history.
Wrestle Talk TV is hosted by DJ and TV Presenter Joel Ross of JK and Joel fame, featuring The Daily Star’s Patrick Lennon and Wrestle Central’s Francesca Wood as co-hosts. Showcasing both American and British wrestling, Wrestle Talk TV will bring fans the latest news, interviews and discussions in the wrestling world. The first episode features an in depth interview with WWE superstar and front man of the rock band Fozzy, Chris Jericho. It will also showcase British wrestling with a documentary feature of BritWres-Fest 2012, the event run in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital which took place in April this year, plus much more.
You can catch Wrestle Talk TV on Challenge Sky Channel 125, Virgin Media Channel 139 and Freeview channel 46.
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