In a series of physical games and contests, two teams of celebrities are honed and trained by two former American wrestlers to produce two teams who will compete for the grand title at the ...
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In a series of physical games and contests, two teams of celebrities are honed and trained by two former American wrestlers to produce two teams who will compete for the grand title at the end of the series. With an overexcited host announcing each event and each celebrity (by their new "wrestling" names) the celebrities go head to head with their opposite number from the other team in front of an arena of baying fans to win.Written by
bob the moo
Terrible This really was a pitiful excuse of a prime-time Saturday night TV show, as a semi-retired pro wrestler myself (I'm taking a year or two out from the business) I was quite frankly embarrassed by this.
In fact this wasn't actually "wrestling" in that sense at all, instead it was just stupid "Gladiator" style games, which featured the celebrities (and I use that term loosely as they were Z-list to say the least) hitting each other with pogo sticks, and trying to push each other off a big round platform in a sumo type game among other things, also the games were "real" in the sporting sense (Although all the hamming up for the cameras and the pretending to hate each other was with out a doubt staged), unlike classic pro wrestling which is staged, so at least the winners of the respective games were legitimate in that respect, but in my opinion, I think the show may have worked better if the matches were staged and held in an actual wrestling ring, with story lines, good guys and bad guys etc, like a proper pro wrestling promotion would operate. The celebs had cheesy names like "Pocket Rocket" for the annoying Jeff Brazier and "The Brawler" for Big Brother 3 winner Kate Lawler (Very imaginative, let's just give somebody a wrestling name rhyming with their surname shall we?).Also the host former WWE/WCW wrestler" Rowdy" Roddy Piper came across as really cheesy and annoying with his stupid mannerisms and catchphrases, I loved Piper in his WWF heyday back in the 1980's/1990's, but he was damn pitiful in this.
D'lo Brown and Joe Legend (Both former WWE wrestlers) captained their respective teams the "Warriors" and the "Crusaders", D'lo to his credit seemed to add a little bit of class to the show and in my opinion came across OK, but he was fighting a losing battle with so many clowns surrounding him.
This was axed from its prime time ITV slot after I believe just 2 weeks, and finished its miserable little run on ITV 2, as if this rubbish had a chance against the excellent new series of "Doctor Who" on BBC 1.
For years insiders in the British Wrestling scene wanted the "sport" back on mainstream TV since it was axed back in 1988, however I believe shows like this may have driven the final stake into British wrestling's heart, although this was not really in essence "wrestling" it still all gets tarred with the same brush, which isn't right, but its just the way that it is unfortunately.
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