ITV World Of Sport Wrestling has announced its roster for the forthcoming TV tapings. 28 names have been announced for their roster, disappointingly this only includes 5 female talent.
ITV: World of Sport Roster
Given that the team behind ITV: WOS appears to never have really been seen to be a proponent of women’s wrestling this is not surprising, but at least the names involved are top drawer. These are England’s Amazon Ayesha Raymond and Bea Priestley, Scotland’s Kay Lee Ray and Viper, and Northern Ireland’s Kasey Owens, one of the Owen Twins.
One thing suggested by three of these names who appeared in the inaugural tournament is that if they are contractually obligated to perform on television for the ITV show, they will be unable to return this year for the Mae Young Classic 2018.
Ayesha Raymond (credit wwe.com)
Aysha Raymond, the only English competitor, and Glasgow based Kay Lee Ray both went out, despite impressive performances, in the first round of last years tournament losing to Toni Storm and Princess Sought respectively.
Kay Lee Ray (credit wwe.com)
Whilst Paisley based Viper, who wrestled under a new name Piper Nevin, due to her usual name being Randy Orton’s moniker, went through Santana Garrett in what could be considered an upset, then defeated current WWE Performance Centre trainer, Serena Deeb in another upset before also losing to British based Australian star Toni Storm.
Viper/ Piper Nevin (Credit wwe.com)
Given that most of the 8 quarter-finalists were either offered or accepted contracts with WWE it is especially surprising to see Viper sign with rival ITV.
There have been many reports of the WWE has using it’s NXT, CWC/205, NXT UK/UK Championship Tournament and the Mae Young Classic platforms to put a hold on all the International talent in which it has an interest in using or developing. This has meant In the past five years the number of wrestlers attached to WWE has grown to never before seen figures. Whilst many of these are only kept on small retainers it does usually mean they are not contractually free to appear on other broadcast wrestling product, often including live online events.
Are you happy to see these names on the ITV World Of Sport roster or disappointed these three won’t be at the Mae Young Classic?