Post by jamespascoe on Dec 15, 2016 8:00:19 GMT -5
My guess is the ITV show may have accelerated this development, as while Zabre jr, Scurll, and Ospreay were not available to ITV or WWE it looks like a pretty decent attempt to get some UK talents signed up with who is left.
Not sure if there's many from ICW in the group, but they have made a great belt, and acquired strong announcers, so I think it's an interesting development
Sounds intriguing, but that article gives jack in terms of details and seems to simply focus on being a bio on Nigel McGuinness.
What I want to know is what the end game is. Yes there will be a UK champion crowned at the end of it but for what purpose, assume it won't be simply a European title 2.0 (at least I hope not, the last thing that is needed is another lower-card title), so will it have it's own show or will it be defended on the UK indies? And what about the talent? Have they actually signed with the WWE or is this a one-shot?
Whatever happens, good to see BSS getting exposure.
Post by jamespascoe on Dec 15, 2016 10:45:21 GMT -5
Guess work but probably not full time signed but just for the competition, these may well be some of the guys on first look contracts. Some wrestle in federations the WWE has working relationships with.
The fact there sending Cole over and brought in Nigel seems to make this quite a big deal, as that's extra expense and taking the main producer away for some time to go to the UK.
Given that it takes a long time to sort working Visas, I can see this being a proving ground for some potential talents or a way to limit World Of Sport signing people.
Post by Christian Small on Dec 15, 2016 10:59:23 GMT -5
Wrestlezone has noted the wrestlers involved as: "Competitors for the 16-team tournament include Trent Seven, Pete Dunne, Tyler Bate, Wolfgang, Tyson T-Bone, Tucker, Jordan Devlin, Roy Johnson, Joseph Conners, HC Dyer, Jack Starz, Sam Gradwell, James Drake, Tyson T. Bone, Dan Moloney, Chris Tyler, Saxon Huxley, Ringo Ryan and Tiger Ali. Two of the competitors will be alternates."
Many of these are outstanding wrestlers. I'm a huge fan of Seven, Dunne, Conners, Bate and Wolfgang (who I think is criminally underrated). This should be great and that title is gorgeous. Not sure of the long term plans but I'm looking forward to the actual tournament.
Post by Christian Small on Dec 16, 2016 10:48:53 GMT -5
I seriously doubt WWE are worried about the reboot of World of Sport. It's not clashing with any WWE programming and it never will because of the time difference. There's also plenty of talent out there for both to keep going with no problems.
Post by Christian Small on Dec 18, 2016 9:33:45 GMT -5
Plus in tournaments like this they don't like to go to star heavy and some are put in just to have a decent showing but put other guys over. Much like the CWC, which had a big group of guys that very few had heard of and were mostly put in to advance others. Guys like Tyler Bates & Roy Johnson are pretty new to pro wrestling (only being a couple of years in) and are very young so the exposure will help but see them losing in the first round. But having said that this is only a 16 man tournament so you could have got more well known British talent for this as well, CWC could afford to bring in some unknown names as they had 32 spots.