The announcement means that the show will be available on terrestrial television, allowing those without a television subscription to watch FREE wrestling.
FreeSports which launched on the 31st August 2017 aimed to bring sport back to the public and is available on Sky, FreeSat, Virgin Media and Freeview HD. It boasts coverage of Football, Ice Hockey, Motorsport, Rugby League and now it’s aiming to attract a passionate wrestling audience by working alongside Five Star Wrestling.
PCW management believed they had an agreement to host their Fright Night event in October live It was understood this would be the start of a partnership seeing PCW run their monthly shows on FreeSports.
But today the TV company said there had been a “misunderstanding” and there was no agreement in place with PCW. The new channel have instead announced with the controversial British promotion that caused outrage in the industry when they cancelled their huge UK tour and 128-man tournament, with rumours circulating over the reasons why it was halted to begin with.
PCW Owner Steven Fludder said on PCW’s Twitter account that he is “very sorry to all the PCW fans and talent who wanted to see PCW on Freesports. We have been preparing for this for months and unfortunately they switched direction late in the day. Unfortunately after months of #FreeSports pursuing PCW for the channel & many assurances we regret to inform all the Freesports deal is off. Assurances even given Monday before we announced October 27th. We sincerely apologise to all fans who did want to see us on @FreeSportsUK. Best of luck to 5 Star Wrestling on Freesports as we can only promise what we at PCW can deliver & not a 30 date packed out arena tour.”
The move could see the independent British wrestling promotion have a weekly/monthly gig on the television which could attract casual viewers.
I think this is a positive move for British wrestling and as we’ve seen with 5Star Wrestling being televised last year and the demand for World of Sport Wrestling to run, then this will attract the audience that have clamoured to showcase the best of British wrestling.