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ITV set to reboot World of Sport Wrestling

ITV has announced that they will be reviving World Of Sport Wrestling.

The show is set to make its return, with it reportedly filming its first episode on November 1st and looking set to feature a number of prominent independent wrestlers, including Sha Samuels, Zach Gibson, Mark Coffey, Kenny Williams and Johnny Moss.

One of the first competitors to reveal his involvement is El Ligero, a British professional wrestler who is best known for his work with Progress Wrestling and has been a staple of the independent wrestling scene for a number of years. He broke the news via Twitter in the following tweet;

(1/3) Extremely proud to announce that I'll be part of the brand new ITV special World Of Sport Wrestling, to be filmed November 1st! pic.twitter.com/6pYQfpVfnS

— El Ligero (@Ligero1) October 17, 2016

World of Sport previously aired every Saturday in the UK between 1965 and 1985, running in competition with BBC’s Grandstand.
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From Big Daddy to John Cena: Les Kellett and the golden age of British wrestling

The likes of King Barrett and Neville are impressing in the WWE right now but the history of British wrestling goes back much further than the occasional breakthroughs in Connecticut.

Audiences of 18 million people watched World of Sport at its peak and enjoyed some of the most fascinating characters in the history of the sport.

Perhaps the most remarkable was Les Kellett. "He was never the top man, but he was always the one people talked about and the one people wanted to see," screenwriter and director Harvey Auzorst tells us, explaining how his film Kellett came to be in development.

Impressed by the script for Auzorst's Blackpool-based Rat Pack Sands, wrestling legend and current Nxt general manager William Regal vouched for Auzorst among the famously close-knit British wrestling community.

The former Blue Blood put him in touch with his one-time tag partner Dave Taylor, which opened the door to
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10 Reasons Why ITV Should Bring Back British Wrestling

Ever switched over to ITV on a Friday or Saturday night and bemoaned the fact there’s never anything good on? Perhaps the time is right to bring back our homegrown wrestling! Those of a certain generation will most likely remember ‘World Of Sport’ with a sense of misty-eyed fondness.

Yes, at times it was ridiculous – frequently so in fact- but it was popular as a glance at any retrospective on the subject will tell you. Even BBC Four was compelled to offer an hour-long look back at it as part of its ‘Timeshift’ series, and if the supposed bastion of the country’s art and culture broadcasting output says it’s alright then we’re not going to argue.

‘When Wrestling Was Golden: Grapples, Grunts And Grannies’ really did make a compelling case for bringing back homegrown headlocks and truly British bulldogs. If you haven’t had the pleasure
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TV highlights 13/12/2012

  • The Guardian - TV News
MasterChef: The Professionals | Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis | Timeshift: Wrestling's Golden Age: Grapples, Grunts and Grannies | Blue Bloods | Southland

MasterChef: The Professionals

8pm, BBC2

The Professionals have been to Heston's hell and back in their final week, thrown in at the deep end with the liquid nitrogen down at the Fat Duck. Now they face one final challenge: cooking three courses of fault-free food for Michel Roux Jr and Gregg Wallace. It's a proposition that's scarier than that sea urchin skills test, but they've got the potential to pull some real blinders out of the bag. High standards all round this series, with many dishes earning the ultimate Wallace accolade: "yummy" indeed. Hannah Verdier

Britain's Hidden Housing Crisis

9pm, BBC1

The hidden crisis is of people unexpectedly finding themselves homeless. The stories here are of people who have paid rent or mortgage payments for years, only to end up with the bank taking their home.
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Wrestling's Golden Age is a knock-out

From Big Daddy to Klondyke Kate, a fond look at when 'endomorphs in bodystockings' dominated our screens

World Of Sport, 1973. A civic hall thick with smoke and fists. A bell dings. A bald man in pants hurtles into a balder man in pants. The crowd cheers. Balder attempts to wear bald like a snood. Moustaches ripple with indignation. Balder collapses. A cry of "gerrup yer git!" from the stalls. Bald does squat-thrusts on balder's chest. Another bell. Deafening applause.

Such scenes are plentiful in Wrestling's Golden Age (Thursday, 9pm, BBC4), a glorious, resolutely non-sneering look at a time when professional wrestling had Britain in a headlock, with upwards of 16 million tuning in to watch men with names like "Exotic" Adrian Street and Tally-Ho Kaye develop hernias in 80 denier tights.

While a brief "here's some history" segment covers the structureless roughhousing of the pre-regulated years, tales of audience participation from the
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Gary Neville's facial hair conundrum | Martin Kelner

He is about to embark on the superannuated sportsman's greatest quest: how to fill the retirement years

The possibility – a distant one, I believe – of the newly retired Gary Neville taking over Andy Gray's role at Sky has prompted a fair amount of discussion/abuse on football fan forums, the more playful of which has focused firmly on Neville's upper lip. Even staunchest admirers would admit their hero has always seemed more comfortable with a tricky opposition winger than with facial hair, and this view was reinforced last week by BBC Match Of The Day's very useful guide to the several ages of Neville's moustache.

Ostensibly it was a tribute to Neville's achievements, with shots of him lifting trophies at various stages in his Manchester United career, but the montage also acted like one of those speeded-up sequences of a flower blooming you used to see on nature programmes,
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