Craig Wilson and Brian Damage
It’s that time again as we look back at This Week in Wrestling. In this edition, Craig talks the new WWE UK Championship while Brian shares some of the most interesting pictures and videos he’s stumbled upon over the last seven days.
It was announced at a press conference, fronted by Triple H, and saw sixteen of the brightest talents plying their trade in the UK and in Ireland join him on the stage.
Blackpool will play host to the sixteen-man elimination tournament, which will be broadcast on the WWE Network.
Somewhat uniquely, but in a welcome development, the WWE will be allowing these superstars, many of them now British mainstays, to continue to perform in the independent promotions where they have made their name, as well as competing for the WWE UK Championship.
Although the long-term future of the title is unclear, as described by William Regal within this WhatCulture interview, it bodes well for everyone involved.
The wrestlers, and the promotions the guys compete for, will get a a global platform to show their worth while the WWE itself get a chance to trial some of the brightest wrestlers competing in the UK at the moment.
I can’t help but think that Regal’s “to be determined” relates to how well the returning World of Sport does on TV on the 31st of December. The show, a return of the 70s/80s, daytime wrestling will see a host of talent compete in multi-round matches, in a nod to the glory days of wrestling. With it being broadcast on prime time TV in the UK, it’s likely to be viewed by several million compared to the much smaller audience that watches Raw and Smackdown in the UK.
If it proves to be a success, it’s fair to imagine that the life expectancy of the UK Championship might improve. Should the World of Sport falter, let’s not be too surprised if the new WWE titles goes in a very similar direction.
Still, we’ve got a brand new show to look forward to on the WWE Network in the new year and I’m looking forward to seeing how it pans out.
A picture of a 16-year-old Damien Sandow/Aaron Rex making his pro wrestling debut…
Speaking of debuts; here is a super rare picture of a young Dusty Rhodes during his debut in 1967.
Hey Yo. Let’s Go!
A very clever photo by Ken Anderson, the former Mr. Kennedy in the WWE.
A cool retro pic of the ‘Exotic’ Adrian Street with Miss Linda
Personally, I am not a big fan of wrestling themed tattoos but this one looks pretty sweet!
Attention Starbucks: The name is Maryse not Maurice…
This is Japanese wrestling…it isn’t for the soft.
I totally forgot there was a TNA video game
Last Week on the Blog
Last Sunday we had part 1 of our 2016 ‘Not the Slammys‘; on Monday we had an ‘Alternative Wrestling History‘ wondering what would have happened had David Von Erich not died; part 94 of ‘Wrestling with Sin‘ was on Tuesday; on Wednesday we had part 2 of our 2016 ‘Not the Slammys‘; Thursday’s Top Five featured the best wrestling toys from history and we rounded off the week looking at Raw and Nitro from 20 years ago this week.
Next Week on the Blog
All previous ‘This Week in Wrestling’ pieces can be read here.