TNA British Boot Camp

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TNA British Boot Camp
TNA British Boot Camp television programme logo.jpg
Genre Reality television
Starring See below
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2[1]
No. of episodes 14[1] (as of 7 December 2014)
Production
Executive producer(s) Jeremy Borash[2]
Location(s) Orlando, Florida, United States[1]
London, United Kingdom
Manchester, United Kingdom[3]
Nashville, Tennessee, United States[4]
Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Running time 30 minutes (season 1)
60 minutes (season 2)[1]
Production company(s) TNA Productions[1]
Release
Original network Challenge[1]
Original release 1 January 2013 (2013-01-01)[5] – 7 December 2014 (2014-12-07)

TNA British Boot Camp is a British reality television programme focusing on the professional wrestling industry. The programme documented the careers of four British professional wrestlers seeking a contract with the American professional wrestling promotion Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). The series was commissioned from TNA Productions by Sky UK and started airing on Challenge from 1 January 2013.[1][3][6]

TNA British Boot Camp was both the first non-game show commissioned for Challenge by BSkyB and the first American professional wrestling programme exclusively created and broadcast for the British market. The commissioning of the series reflected a commitment by BSkyB to invest £600 million in British-made television content by 2014. The programme's executive producer is veteran TNA ring announcer Jeremy Borash, who created the show and edited the programme himself.[1][7]

Season 1[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

The programme followed "four of Britain's most promising wrestlers" - Rockstar Spud, Marty Scurll and The Blossom Twins - who competed to receive a contract from TNA.[8] The wrestlers were mentored by veteran professional wrestlers such as Hulk Hogan and Rollerball Rocco.[7][9]

In the season finale of British Boot Camp, which aired on 22 January 2013, Rockstar Spud was named the winner, receiving a contract with TNA. Following the finale, all four wrestlers performed with TNA as part of the "Road to Lockdown" tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland.[6]

Cast[edit]

The contestants on British Boot Camp, from left to right, Marty Scurll, The Blossom Twins, and Rockstar Spud, with Jeremy Borash (far right).

Contestants[edit]

Mentors[edit]

Other wrestling personalities[edit]

Production[edit]

TNA announced on 5 September 2012 that it had completed filming of TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp.[10] The series was originally scheduled to air in December 2012, but was moved back to January 2013.[3]

Reception[edit]

The programme was described as "a ratings hit for Challenge TV".[2] Rob Leigh of the Daily Mirror stated that "the show's post-reality show format is bang up to date".[11]

Season 2[edit]

Synopsis[edit]

The programme followed "twelve of Britain's most promising wrestlers" who competed to receive a contract from TNA.[12] It premiered on Challenge, on 19 October 2014.[13]

Cast[edit]

Contestants[edit]

Ring Name Real Name From Stage 1 Stage 2 Finals
(London)
Babyfaced Pitbull Sam Smitten-Downes Leicester, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated
Cyanide Alex Walmsley Manchester, England
Eliminated
Dave Mastiff David Minton Dudley, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Final six
El Ligero Simon Musk Leeds, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Grado Graeme Stevely Ayrshire, Scotland
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals - was given a 2nd chance after being eliminated
Final six
Joe Vega Joseph Whittaker Preston, England
Eliminated
Joel Redman Joel Pettyfer Exeter, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
King Rorster Rory Bailey Burton, England
Eliminated
Kris Travis Kristoffer Travis Sheffield, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Mark Andrews Mark Andrews Cardiff, Wales
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
WINNER
Martin Stone Martin Harris London, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Matt Fox Matthew McNamara St. Helens, England
Eliminated
Noam Dar Noam Dar Ayrshire, Scotland
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Final six
Nordic Warrior Unknown Manchester, England
Eliminated
Priscilla Ollie Burns Leeds, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated
Pyro Unknown Manchester, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated
Rampage Brown Oliver Biney Leeds, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Final three
Richard Parliament Richard Varty London, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
RJ Singh Ross Jones Hertford, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Sexy Kev Kevin Lloyd Warrington, England
Eliminated
Sha Samuels Sha Samuels East London, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Simon Lancaster Simon Lancaster Grimsby, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated
Heather Schofield Heather Schofield London, England
Eliminated
Kay Lee Ray Kayleigh Ray Glasgow, Scotland
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Final three
Melanie Price Melanie Conneely Manchester, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated
Lana Austin Leanne Austin Manchester, England
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated
Kasey Owens Kelly Robinson Belfast, Northern Ireland
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Leah Owens Leigh Robinson Belfast, Northern Ireland
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Nikki Storm Nicola Glencross Glasgow, Scotland
Advanced to Stage 2
Advanced to the Finals
Viper Kimberly Benson Ayrshire, Scotland
Advanced to Stage 2
Eliminated

Mentors[edit]

Other wrestling personalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "TNA British Boot Camp on Challenge TV". Challenge.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Rockstar Spud Wins TNA British Boot Camp". Challenge.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b c "TNA IMPACT WRESTLING to be filmed in Manchester". Virgin Media. 24 October 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-27. 
  4. ^ "TNA British Boot Camp stars get boozy in bar". Virgin Media. 15 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  5. ^ "TNA British Boot Camp Starts 1st January". Challenge.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-11-12. 
  6. ^ a b "Rockstar Spud wins TNA British Boot Camp". Virgin Media. 23 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Allely, Phil (13 September 2012). "TNA British Boot Camp on Challenge TV". The Sun. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  8. ^ "TNA Wrestling And Challenge TV Announce A New Show to Air in the United Kingdom". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Hulk Hogan to star in new reality show". The List. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  10. ^ Caldwell, James (22 July 2012). "Update on TNA's "Boot Camp" show". PWTorch.com. Retrieved 2012-10-07. 
  11. ^ Leigh, Rob (4 January 2013). "Repping for Britain: TNA Wrestling British Boot Camp wrestlers have the opportunity to become worldwide stars". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  12. ^ "Challenge Announces British Bootcamp 2". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-11. 
  13. ^ "British Bootcamp 2 Premiere". Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. 11 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-18. 

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