On the latest episode of The World According To Wrestling podcast, WWE COO Triple H spoke on the subject of ITV’s attempt to revive the “World of Sport” wrestling that was huge from the 50s until the late 80s at the same time the WWE was planning on their UK Title Tournament.
“Did it change our timing a little bit because of when they positioned their show? Yeah, but we are talking by maybe months or something not speeding up the process in terms of getting it done. We’ve been working on this for a long time. Any other show aside, if they are successful I’m happy for them. And, at the end of the day, it all helps the industry so we just do what we do. And I think we do it better than anyone else on the planet.”
ITV aired a special on New Year’s Eve that was supposed to lead into a running promotion, but due to unforeseen issues in planning ahead, the tapings were canceled and the project quietly died. In the meantime the WWE’s planned UK based program stalled due to issues with the sagging interest in their other show 205 Live!, but rumor is they still plan on filming a show by the end of the year.
Interestingly, Triple H wasn’t the only one to speak on the issue during the podcast as Revolution Pro Wrestling founder Andy Ouildan also spoke about WWE’s attempt to expand into the UK: “Worrying about what everyone else is doing and trying to get into pretend wrestling wars with people is just ridiculous. The fact of the matter is if WWE wants to come over and take over UK wrestling, they’re going to do it. It is what it is. Let’s continue to do what we do at the highest level possible. I can see people’s mentality with ‘they’re trying to take over British wrestling’ and my argument is if you look at for example theatre, look at the West End. How many different theatrical productions are going on in the West End every single