LMTYS Presents: The Meltzer 5-Star Project – Introduction

Greetings grapple fans. Hopefully a few of you recognise me from last year’s World of Sport Wrestling reviews that I provided for this blog. Scott Keith has kindly welcomed me back on board as I chronicle a very different kind of series of matches from start to finish, and I hope a fair few of you join me on this journey and we create a bit of a discussion about an increasingly culturally significant aspect of pro wrestling fandom, and many other forms of arts and entertainment.

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #10

Greetings grapple fans. This is it, the end of an almighty ten-week run that has seen some highs, some lows, and a few chewy middles. If ratings are anything to go by, it would currently be safe to assume that this is the last episode of this incarnation of British wrestling to air on ITV. But let’s not dwell on the negative points yet. The previous episode’s three-segment long Buzzer Battle was the best thing the show has done during its entire run, so maybe they’ve saved the best for last!

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #9

Greetings grapple fans. Like a gold-ink Parker fountain with a Jim Hellwig inspired design, this is the penultimate episode of WOS Wrestling. Pushed back even earlier to 2:30pm, this week’s episode promises a unique match to decide the challenger for Rampage’s WOS Championship. I’m currently on a trip up the Scottish Highlands and accidentally caught the first three-quarters of this show whilst getting my lunch in a bar in Inverness. The lack of audio, and commentary provided by subtitles, was an interesting experience. I watched the rest and wrote up the review from the about-as-comfortable-as-you-can-hope-for-thirty-quid-a-night single hotel room for the next two nights.

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #4

Greetings grapple fans. We are now a month into the first (based on the viewing figures, probably only) season of WOS Wrestling on ITV1. I am currently in Edinburgh enjoying, in my opinion, the most beautiful city in the United Kingdom and its world-renowned Fringe Festival, so I hope to not make this one an epic diatribe like some previous weeks’ reviews.

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #3

Greetings grapple fans. We’re now into the third week of British wrestling’s return to terrestrial television. The mixed news of the opening episode’s polling of just under a million viewers was followed by a grimmer picture last week when around 600,000 saw the (slightly improved, but still flawed) second episode. There can be some extenuating factors in this loss of a third of viewers. It has been ridiculously hot in the UK for most of the past month or so, and TV ratings figures across the board were poor for that day. That’s only papering over the cracks, though. If WOS wants to become an early Saturday evening fixture on ITV things need to improve quickly in both quality and ratings.

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World of Sport Wrestling – Episode #2

Greetings grapple fans. It’s the second week of British wrestling’s return to ITV after thirty years in the wilderness. Consensus seems to be that the talent is there for this to be a good show, but that issues with production (camerawork and editing) and a lack of effort in establishing well-defined characters are where the show is currently lacking. Because all ten episodes of this run were recorded in advance, we can only hope this is something the production team recognised themselves whilst making the show.

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