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WWE Facing Competition From Revival Of ITV's World Of Sport In The United Kingdom
Posted By: Mario Anderson on Dec 02, 2016
There is talk circulating that WWE may not be the top TV promotion in the United Kingdom.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter recently reported that ITV recently taped their pilot episode for the World of Sport revival, which will air at the end of the December. ITV is the #2 network in the UK with RAW on Sky drawing around 150,000 viewers each week. There are reports that World of Sport will likely be watched by millions of people. WWE still holds the top spot as #1 UK promotion when it to attendance and just about everything else.
WWE is facing a situation where they may no longer be the #1 TV promotion in the UK, according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, as ITV recently taped their pilot for the World of Sport revival, which is set to air at the end of the month. ITV is the #2 network in the UK and while RAW on Sky may draw around 150,000 viewers, World of Sport will likely be seen by millions of people. WWE would obviously still be the #1 UK promotion when it comes to attendance.
Also, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter,"WWE is offering contracts to key UK talents that have some name value or are marketable, they are described as different from anything WWE has ever done and are being called "competition-killer" deals by some. The deals are not for WWE NXT and the WWE Performance Center or the main roster, and are low-dollar guarantees that would see the talent stay in the UK and be allowed to work indies."
Per the W.O.N., WWE would also have the right to approve or not approve their indie dates. WWE will be able to lock the talent in and prevent them from going to ITV or other promotions that have streaming content.
Details are still forthcoming, on which United Kingdom talents are being offered contracts and also when any formal announcements may be made.
WrestlingNewsSource.com will continue to follow this developing story.
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