The Wrestling Thread III: WWE NXT TakeOver Brooklyn - Saturday, WWE Network

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by KK » Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:21 pm

And if that wasn’t enough, they’ve made Ziggler vs Rollins again too.


At least this Women’s-only PPV could be interesting. I remember TNA doing a taped one a number of years ago.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by Dangerblade » Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:24 pm

How anybody chooses to watch WWE over NJPW when it's so easily accessible, cheaper, and now has English commentary is strawberry floating beyond me.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by KK » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:09 pm

Press release from Fight Network:

LONDON | TORONTO – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, today announced it has launched on Channel 192 on SKY and Channel 161 on Freesat across the UK.

“We are delighted to expand Fight Network’s global footprint to the UK,” said Peter Einstein, COO of Anthem Sports & Entertainment Corp., the parent company of Fight Network. “The UK is rooted in combat sports tradition, producing many world champions and memorable personalities over the years. Our diverse programming line-up will showcase premium combat sports content from around the world, while highlighting local stars and events, and we plan to bolster our schedule with more exciting content over the next few months.”

“Based on popular demand, we are excited to announce that IMPACT Wrestling fans in the UK can now watch our weekly show contemporaneous with its North American broadcast premiere, as well as replays in primetime,” said Ed Nordholm, president of IMPACT Wrestling.

Fight Network will broadcast on Showcase TV in the UK starting at 9:00 p.m. every night.

Fight Network is currently available on cable, satellite and digital platforms in the U.S., Canada and select countries in Europe, Africa and the Caribbean.

Some of the featured programming on Fight Network in the UK will include:

– IMPACT WRESTLING! – Live weekly simulcast Fridays at 1:00 a.m. of IMPACT Wrestling’s flagship show with primetime repeats on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:00 p.m. IMPACT! showcases top professional wrestling stars such as Austin Aries, Johnny Impact, Moose, Eli Drake, Pentagon Jr., Fenix, Rich Swann, Matt Sydal, Brian Cage, local UK stars such as Grado and Joe Hendry, the high-flying X-Division, plus the lovely and lethal Knockouts, including Su Yung, Rosemary, Allie, Madison Rayne and Tessa Blanchard.

Ultimate Challenge MMA – Based in London, UCMMA is one of Europe’s leading MMA promotions. Events deliver a bigger, faster and tougher experience with all the drama, glory and full contact fighting that UK MMA fans demand.

Abu Dhabi Grand Slam – Coverage of grappling events from the UAE Jiu-Jitsu Federation, showcasing the best submission specialists in tournaments held around the world, including London.

WGP Kickboxing – South America’s premier kickboxing league based in Brazil, featuring hard-hitting knockouts from some of the best strikers in the world.

Wrestling at the Chase – Iconic professional wrestling series from St. Louis from the 1950s to 1980s, featuring past legends such as Ric Flair, Harley Race and Lou Thesz.

Retrospective – Original Fight Network series highlighting combat sports fighters and personalities as they relive pivotal career moments.

– Xplosion – Weekly show from IMPACT Wrestling featuring exclusive matches only seen internationally, plus behind-the-scenes footage, original sitdown interviews and throwback matches highlighting memorable historical moments.

TNA British Boot Camp – Series documenting the careers of British professional wrestlers seeking a contract with IMPACT Wrestling, featuring next generation stars such as Rockstar Spud, Marty Scurll and Grado, as they train under the mentorship of legends such as Hulk Hogan and Sting.

To watch Fight Network on Showcase TV online, please visit http://www.information.tv/showcase and click “Press Play” on the Showcase TV icon.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit http://www.fightnetwork.com, follow us on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

Wrestling at the Chase could be a real interesting one.

More wrestling on free TV always a good thing though.

Should find out in a couple months where WWE is going from 2020 in the UK.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by Floex » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:11 pm

Dangerblade wrote:How anybody chooses to watch WWE over NJPW when it's so easily accessible, cheaper, and now has English commentary is strawberry floating beyond me.


Quoted for truth. Outside of NXT I have no idea where the enjoyment for WWE is anymore.

Saying that Joe/AJ for Summerlsam :datass:

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by SerialCeler » Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:37 pm

I guess that might spell the end of Impact on Spike when the contract runs out - they didn’t seem that keen o fretaining it this year.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by Slimgrady » Fri Jul 27, 2018 5:35 pm

I see no problem with watching both NJPW and WWE. I rarely ever watch a full show anymore, hi lights on YouTube do me fine to keep up with things. One is obviously better than the other but there’s no reason to completely boycott one promotion just because another is better.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by KK » Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:51 pm

WOS Wrestling about to start on ITV. Noticed advertising for it during the racing today, and it's also replaying again tomorrow morning on ITV at around 11am, so clearly ITV has some faith in it.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by MrBrown » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:25 pm

Bulldog vs Osprey was an awesome match. Very surprising.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by Somebody Else's Problem » Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:29 pm

I've seen a lot worse things.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by KK » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:06 pm

As a first impression I thought the opening 10 minutes were pretty terrible, but once that was out of the way it was decent. Wish ITV wouldn’t keep falling into that trap of overproducing everything in places though. It seemed to lessen as the show went on.

The NXT and WWE influences are all over the look of the set, right down to the LED boards on the ring apron and ramp.

Socal Val sounds absolutely fine on commentary. Makes me think TNA may have missed a trick there. She doesn’t say much but she’s better than Lita on the Mae Young Classic.

Glad they made the decision to get the BELT off Grado as soon as possible as well.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: World of Sport Wrestling - Saturday 5pm, ITV
by CuriousOyster » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:12 pm

Enjoyed that quite a bit. The actual matches were great and seem to have enough characters for the 10 episodes.

The over ITV Ninja Warrior style production takes you out of it though and the camera work was shocking. Missed so many spots, seen 'Crater' (Dave Mastiff?) flip someone down the ramp in background.

Id imagine Grado will win it back on last episide or something. Great first show.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Mafro » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:18 pm

Opening was shite and the camera work is all the worst parts of WWE's quick cuts but other than that I really enjoyed it. Looking forward to the women's title match next week, Viper is really good.

CuriousOyster wrote:Enjoyed that quite a bit. The actual matches were great and seem to have enough characters for the 10 episodes.

The over ITV Ninja Warrior style production takes you out of it though and the camera work was shocking. Missed so many spots, seen 'Crater' (Dave Mastiff?) flip someone down the ramp in background.

Id imagine Grado will win it back on last episide or something. Great first show.

Mastiff is signed to NXT UK so that wasn't him. Dunno who it was.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Somebody Else's Problem » Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:28 pm

It's decent Saturday teatime entertainment. ITV have been lacking that for a long time.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Sat Jul 28, 2018 10:10 pm

Currently watching IMPACT on Showcase and “Scarlett Bordeaux” has just debuted. Straight out of the WWF Attitude Sable/Trish Stratus playbook. LEWDNESS with a microphone, a promise of wanting to make wrestling sexy again, and refusing to be “hot-shamed”. Cyrus the Virus getting a bit over-excited on commentary like it’s ECW. Just like old times.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by BAKA » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:49 pm

That NXT main event this week was so good. Sometimes it feels like NXT is just going through the motions until the next TakeOver, but there's been one amazing match near enough every week this year.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Floex » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:13 pm

Brian Christopher has died.

Former WWE Tag Team Champion Brian 'Grandmaster Sexay' Christopher was rushed to hospital last night after hanging himself in jail. Multiple sources report that the situation is dire.

The son of Memphis wrestling legend Jerry Lawler, Brian Christopher was born Brian Lawler in 1972. Following in his father's footsteps, he spent a decade working in Memphis' USWA under the name 'Too Sexay', feuding with many of the territory's top stars - including 'The King' himself - before making the switch to WWE in 1997. At first drafted in to bolster the fledgling Light Heavyweight Division, Christopher eventually found his feet pairing with Scott "Too Hot" Taylor as 'Too Much'.

The relationship between Christopher and commentator Jerry Lawler was a running inside gag, with the team mostly making up the numbers before a 1999 transformation thrust them unexpectedly into the spotlight. Adopting the names of Grandmaster Sexay and Scotty 2 Hotty, the newly rechristened Too Cool became unexpectedly over, thanks in part to the addition of the break-dancing superheavyweight Rikishi. Hitting the height of their popularity at the turn of the millennium, Too Cool found themselves in headline programmes opposite Triple H and Edge & Christian.

An ill-advised Rikishi heel turn and a broken leg for Scotty 2 Hotty ended the run abruptly. Christopher was soon shown the door, released from the company when they learned he'd been smuggling drugs to Canada.

Since his release, Christopher drifted around the independent scene, working in TNA for two years alongside other second-generation stars Erik Watts and David Flair. He enjoyed a few brief cameos back in WWE - notably in 2011 when he infamously came back to a muted reception - but was never handed a long-term run back in the company.

https://whatculture.com/wwe/former-wwe- ... r-has-died


He has had demons for years, awful way to go.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by Dangerblade » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:59 pm

Unless I'm going mad that report doesn't say he's actually died, just in a dire situation

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III
by KK » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:43 pm

Yeah, he’s still alive. Unfortunately however Nikolai Volkoff has passed away aged 70: https://www.wwe.com/article/nikolai-volkoff-passes-away

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by MrBrown » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:08 pm

Seems like Brian Lawler has passed away. No age at all.

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PostRe: The Wrestling Thread III: R.I.P. Nikolai Volkoff 1947 - 2018
by KK » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:20 pm

920,000 for World of Sport Wrestling last night on ITV1. Doesn’t include consolidated numbers from +1, Hub, today’s morning replay so should go up another 500,000 at least.

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