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I think as the season opener they wanted to focus on the singles title, with a one hour slot each week much like NXT they won’t be able to feature everyone each and every week so careful planning will be needed to make sure the right amount of exposure is given to the right talent each week.

I wonder if any American talent will feature? It would be a good gig for some of the Lucha Underground and Impact talent who have plenty of time spare between filming. Could even a talent sharing agreement with those promotions or ROH be worked out?

As Admin said it was more good than bad and while the tv studio arena did have a very ITV tea-time show look and feel to it I kind of liked it, the arena was well lit and the production was fairly good.

I hope this is a success, the ratings were positive but it is very early days and the ratings tend to drop after the first episode. Will be good for UK and possibly some International talent as well to have a alternative platform for their talents.

I don’t mind the show having a season format much like Lucha Underground, this will be a draw for some talent as it provides a nice light schedule that affords them the opportunity to work elsewhere too. I like Admins idea about maybe a one off extended event each year though, sort of like the WOS Wrestlemania.
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I see it averaged at 900k and peaked at 1.1 million. That's got to be better than anything the 5-6 saturday tea slot gets.

Ninja Warrior UK when that's around gets three times more in the 6-7 slot, so if you look it at like that it's done poor. But if you think our little island can get 3-4 times more watching our own show, than a country of hundreds of million can get to watch Impact as the second biggest promotion, the show did well.

I hope TV executives are happy and that it can hold out around the million mark.

Adam Maxted could be one to watch. Coming off Love Island he will have to work harder than anyone to prove he belongs there and I reckon he will.

Stu Bennett, Harry Smith, Grado, and Joe Hendry have all been in E or TNA/Impact. More to come such as Doug Williams. Maybe like 5 Star wrestling they will bring over guys like Chris Masters, Rey Mysterio etc if it goes to no off season after the ten show run.
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I would like to see guys like Chris Masters and John Morrison in the future play a part but equally they need to be careful to not overspend on high priced talent as that’s what killed 5 Star Wrestling. One guy who could join down the line is Neville and he could easily be the star of the show.

Ninja Warrior had a excellent prime time slot and will get more of a casual audience so was bound to get better ratings, wrestling is more of a niche product and the 5pm slot won’t have quite so many eyes on it so I think just over a million viewers is pretty decent, plus as Admin said that’s 4 to 5 times what Impact get.

Not sure about Maxted, he didn’t do much in that first match to impress me but I’ll give him time.

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Still just random matches, with no character building to tell us why we should or shouldn't care for any of the characters. The quick camera changes with production is something else that needs work.

Stu Bennett is a heel character but obviously got a pop for announcing a female championship.

Joe Hendry came out asking for a title shot. I know him well from Impact and like him. But those who know him through WOS know he's Scottish, sings, performed at the Commonwealth Games and probably nothing else. It was a solid enough title match against Rampage, but too short. Where was Grado? Wouldn't he want a rematch?

Four person ladder match that was passable of four guys I had never seen before and know nothing about to care more about one over the other three. The biggest match any of them have ever had, so likely the match took place with a lot of nerves.

Rachel Stringer is a lovely bit of blonde eye candy and appears a natural and very comfortable in the interview role, instead of someone thrown into it with little experience. Think of her as the Renee Young of WOS.

Then we had a tag match. Good to see the underated Doug Williams back on TV and glad whilst the more experienced team lost, it wasn't Doug that did the job. They are really hammering home Adam Maxted being off Love Island and he's getting a noticeable push by wrestling on both episodes so far, when available time is only around 43-45 minutes.

The triple threat female main event to crown the first champion was OK, but short on time. The camera angles changing so often spoilt it a little. The women deserved better production.

Overall view it was another episode I am glad I watched. You get plenty of wrestling, less soap opera and it's easy to view.
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Not sure about Joe Hendry, he’s a cheap knock off of Aidan English and his singing entrance sounds like he’s doing a jingle for a cheesy advert. He’s accomplished enough in the ring though and his match with Rampage was solid work. I like Rampage and his East End boys group too.

Couple of nice flashy spots in the ladder match but it was clear they were holding back due to the early time slot and I think the camera panned away a couple of times when the ladder was used as a weapon. As a result by ladder match standards it was pretty poor.

Tag match was ok, they are pushing Maxted’s Love Island background hard and he definitely has youth, a good look and charisma all on his side, not sure about his ring work though, he mostly seems to prance about and pose, he’d be a good heel.

The women’s match was fairly decent, felt they should have put more effort into crowning a women’s champion rather than just one impromptu match.

On the whole still much work to be done and not sure at present if this show will hold my interest as two episodes in and I’m already having doubts. The launch of NXT UK has hurt this show as WWE have robbed many of the talents who could be a part of this which is unfortunate, but Admin is right they need to put more effort into character building and less random short matches. I personally would be happy with a couple of matches per week and the rest the of the show segments to get the talent over.
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All ten episodes have already been filmed, so issues fans have can't be sorted out. But because of the era of social media, it's easy to let the WOS social media accounts know what they need to do and plenty have, incase it's brought back for a longer stint.
 
I see it got 600,000 so a drop off from the first episode. But people would have been coming back from the first football matches of the season and ratings all night were down on the normal. With the sunday repeat, catch up etc they probably still cracked a million which is a healthy number.
 
It's not been explained why Stu Bennett stays on commentary when he's not a commentator.
 
The women should have had a tournament that eventually crowned a champion in the tenth and final episode.
 
New mans champion, new ladies champion, and a ladder match all within two episodes is fast booking. They need to slow it down a bit.
 
If they film more episodes after the next eight air the main points to work on for me would be.....
 
1) Character building. Get some storylines sorted and some pre taped segments so we know more about the background of people to find out why we should give a shit about them.
 
2) Camera angles. The production with the constant camera angle switches doesn't seem professional.
 
3) Don't tell us what's happening next week as the show goes off air. It's too much of a soap opera doing that.
 
4) Don't go all 5 Star Wrestling but have one maybe two well known foreign names to strength the roster.
 
It's a shame guys like Zack Gibson have signed for E. I think the ratings will be better if they take into consideration the feedback of the fans and film new episodes for the run up to christmas.
 
It's warm and bright and TV schedules on a saturday are full of repeats and movies for this reason. But when nights get darker and colder, so more people are at home, they will do better. It can even stay in the same time slot so it's over before Strictly starts on BBC and can be promoted as a warm up show for when X Factor comes back shortly.
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You’re absolutely right the heat wave and summer in general hurts tea-time tv shows in the ratings as will the football season starting, but once the temperatures cool and the evenings get darker they should see a improvement, being in the slot before a popular show like Strictly or X-Factor will help too as many people will stick it on just out of shear laziness so they have the right channel on and may find themselves getting into it by accident.

Here is what I would do to improve things.....

1) Try and make things a bit more edgy and less pantomime, I know the 5pm time slot restricts that a bit but they need to try and be different from WWE, I feel it’s all a bit too cartoonish and choreographed at present.

2) As Admin said bring in some overseas talent, TNA, ROH, Lucha Underground and even some NJPW talent are not under exclusive deals and may be available. WOS might even be able to work out a sharing arrangement with these promotions.

3) If Neville gets his release from WWE they should definitely look to sign him as he would be a big draw for them although he wouldn’t come cheap. Magnus would be another good signing too.

4) Look to have maybe 2-3 matches per show max so they can be longer and use the rest of the time for promos and segments so fans build a emotional investment in the talent roster.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLCr_vkSem4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PEjsnHnYTk

Highlights packages the same guy has uploaded for episodes 2 and 3. Not sure why he didn't do it for the first show, but it's a chance for those outside of the UK to have a gander at what we are watching.

The rating appears around 600k so with repeats and catch up it might still be around it's usual million. Problem with ten episodes in one go is you can't do anything about feedback to improve the shows.

If they had filmed say five episodes and some had already aired, they could have filmed the final five based on feedback, which would have kept ratings better by listening to viewers advice on how to make shows better.

Grado trying to be serious to Stu Bennett was a fun comedy way to open the show. He got the win despite thinking of doing a banned piledriver. So Cal Val is behind him in his Daniel Bryan authority underdog character.

Martin Kirby beat Joe Hendry with some heelish cheating feet on the ropes pin. The crowd are really into Hendry with just about everyone in the crowd swaying their hands from side to side in support.

We had a tag team match where bad production missed stuff. It was a run of the mill match, with nothing memorable. Not great but not shit. Just a so so match up.

Gabriel Kidd against Crater. Crater is going to be built as a big nasty heel, with Kidd being stretchered off after his mismatch.

Rampage is weirdly defending his title again. Why is your champion heel being shown in a babyface fighting champion way, by defending it every week?

We had a new womens champion last week and yet this week no women were on the show.
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Given up on this half way through episode three. It doesn’t offer anything that I see as a viable alternative to WWE, it comes across as cheesy and low rent and the talent roster is weak.

Might give it another look if they get commissioned for another season and take fan feedback on board and try and correct some of the issues, but in honesty I wouldn’t be surprised to see it cancelled after one series.
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