I haven’t had a chance to watch any ICW, but I’ve heard good things about them especially lately, so this seems like yet another fine addition to Fight Network’s wrestling lineup. The 1 A.M. timeslot kinda sucks for an old guy like me, but I’m sure there will be replays at better times throughout the week as there are with basically everything but Paragon Pro Wrestling for some reason. What’s up with that, anyway?
Toronto | New York – Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 multi-platform channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, today announced a programming deal with U.K.-based Insane Championship Wrestling to broadcast a weekly 1-hour series across the U.S., Canada and globally in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
The weekly series will air on Fridays at 1 a.m. ET in Canada, anchoring a late-night expansion of Fight Network’s international professional wrestling block on Thursdays, which already includes AAA: Lucha Libre Worldwide and CMLL Wrestling from Mexico.
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, ICW was founded by Mark Dallas in 2006 and gained its first national and international exposure featuring in Vice documentary ‘The British Wrestler’ and hit BBC series ‘Insane Fight Club’. The promotion was also named U.K. “Promotion of the Year” by Fighting Spirit Magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The roster features prominent regional talent such as ICW World Champion ‘Big’ Damo, Doug Williams, Joe Coffey and Wolfgang, while showcasing a plethora of international superstars, including Drew Galloway, Grado, Bram, Ken Anderson, Sabu and Rhino. ICW regularly tours the U.K. and has broken attendance records in its native Scotland. Late last year, ICW attracted the biggest crowd in over 32 years of British wrestling when 4,000 people attended ‘Fear & Loathing VIII’.
“The U.K. has rapidly established itself as a hotbed for professional wrestling talent and ICW has led the charge for years,” said Chad Midgley, VP of Fight Network. “Many of the stars featured on these shows have gone on to achieve great success in North America and abroad, so we’re confident this series will resonate with Fight Network subscribers around the world.”
“ICW has grown at an extraordinary rate over the past few years and the next natural step would be to expand our reach worldwide,” said ICW Manager Director Mark Dallas. “Fight Network has provided us with that opportunity and we look forward to working with them as both our brands continue to grow around the world.”
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