British wrestling fans flocked to the Southampton Guildhall last Friday for the return of WOS Wrestling.
The wrestling show attracted upwards of 20 million fans when it was shown weekly on ITV in the 70s and 80s. It soon became the pinnacle of British wrestling until its cancellation in 1985.
The sports entertainment show returned last summer, after almost 30 years, and ran weekly episodes until late September before announcing a tour for early 2019, starting at the Southampton Guildhall.
The show featured a range of the UK talent such as Will Ospreay, who is regarded as one of the finest wrestlers on the planet, and former Southampton student Justin Sysum. Sysum, who’s the current WOS World Champion, spoke of his excitement “[to] be part of building a new era of WOS”.
The live crowd saw seven matches. The biggest bout of the night was for the WOS Women’s Championship. Viper emerged victorious when she defeated defending champion Kay Lee Ray and fellow challenger Bea Priestley.
The tour continues across the UK in the coming weeks, the next stops are Newport and Bournemouth before culminating at the London York Hall early February.