Celebrity Wrestling

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This article is about the British reality television programme. For the 2008 American television program, see Hulk Hogan's Celebrity Championship Wrestling.
Celebrity Wrestling
Format Celebrity participation
Starring Celebrity Wrestling
Kate Thornton
Rowdy Roddy Piper
Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On
Jack Osbourne
Holly Willoughby
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 8
Production
Running time 60mins (inc. comms)
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9
Original run 23 April 2005 (2005-04-23) – 12 June 2005 (2005-06-12)

Celebrity Wrestling is a British television programme, broadcast on ITV in 2005. It involved two teams of celebrities, competing against each other in wrestling style events. The series was presented by Kate Thornton and Rowdy Roddy Piper. British mixed martial arts fighter Ian Freeman was the show's referee.

The aftershow programme on ITV2, called Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On was presented by Jack Osbourne and Holly Willoughby. The winning team was The Warriors and the winning wrestlers were Annabel Croft (Solitaire) and Iwan Thomas (The Dragon).

After five weeks the show was moved from its primetime Saturday evening slot to a graveyard Sunday morning slot due to its extremely poor ratings and being comprehensively beaten in audience share by Doctor Who on BBC One.[1]

It was received with a feeling of derision by professional wrestling fans, due to the lack of actual wrestling content. The show featured heavily upon games which involved grappling and the real life interactions of team members in training (and usually not the training process itself).

The teams[edit]

Bold indicates that the celebrity won their gender championship

The Crusaders[edit]

This team was trained by wrestler D'Lo Brown

Celebrity Ring Name
Jeff Brazier  Pocket Rocket
Tiffany Chapman Princess of Power
Leilani Dowding  The Vixen
Mikey Green  Wild Boy
Michelle Heaton  Inferno
James Hewitt Gentleman Jim
Jenny Powell  The Avenger
Lee Sharpe  Sharpe Shooter
Scott Wright  Snake Eyes

The Warriors[edit]

This team was trained by wrestler Joe Legend

Celebrity Ring Name
Marc Bannerman  El Diablo
Annabel Croft Solitaire
Kate Lawler  The Brawler
Shauna Lowry  Tigress
Victoria Silvstedt  Ice Maiden
Oliver Skeete Rebel Rider
Iwan Thomas  The Dragon
Phil Turner  The Handy Man
Mark Speight  The Quickdraw Kid

The Masked Celebrity[edit]

Each week there was a "mystery celebrity" who joined in the wrestling. The celebrities included:

Other Participants[edit]

  • Model Emma B took part in one episode as a replacement for Victoria Silvstedt using the character name Queen Bee.
  • Radio DJ Toby Anstis was set to appear in the series, but had to pull out when he broke two of his fingers.
  • The UK Pitbulls tag team appeared on the follow-up show with Jack Osbourne,but serious wrestlers declined to appear.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kilkelly, Daniel (14 May 2005). "ITV confirms new 'Celebrity Wrestling' slot". Digital Spy. Retrieved 19 April 2007. 

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