Weekly sports coverage extravaganza. Featuring previews and results of the weekend football. Famously including coverage of British professional wrestling.




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Series cast summary:
Kent Walton ...
 Himself - Wrestling Commentator 5 episodes, 1981-1985
Neil Durden-Smith ...
 Himself - Commentator / ... 3 episodes, 1974-1985
Johnny England ...
 Johnny England 3 episodes, 1978-1981
Brian Crabtree ...
 Himself - Wrestling Ring Announcer 3 episodes, 1981-1985
Tommy Billington ...
 Himself - Wrestler 3 episodes, 1981-1983
Gilbert Singh ...
 Himself - Wrestler / ... 3 episodes, 1981
 Himself - Interviewee 2 episodes, 1974-1977
Reg Gutteridge ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1974-1977
Vic Faulkner ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1981-1984
Jim Harris ...
 Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1981
 Himself - Wrestler 2 episodes, 1981
Mark Rocco ...
 Himself - Wrestler 2 episodes, 1981
Marty Jones ...
 Himself - Wrestler 2 episodes, 1983-1984


ITV's Saturday afternoon sports anthology series, presented by Dickie Davies. Featuring "On the Ball" - a preview of the weekend football fixtures. The football half-time scores and full-time results service. Live coverage of horse racing - including "The ITV Seven" betting accumulator. Sports specials covering a wide and often bizarre range of sports from darts and snooker to stock car racing and the World Barrel Jumping Championships. Famously each edition includes coverage of British professional wrestling with commentary from Kent Walton. Written by Mark_a_Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Watch for a good laugh and good wrestling
20 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Britain's wrestling fans today may just be familiar with the stuff that goes on today in the WWE, and so unfortunately may never know how much of a tradition wrestling has in this country. But before there was Hulk Hogan, there was Big Daddy. Before there was The Big Show, there was Giant Haystacks. Before there was Chris Benoit, there was the Dynamite Kid. Before there was The Undertaker, there was Kendo Nagasaki. Before there was Chris Masters and Lex Luger, there was Johnny England. Before there was Eddie Guerrero, there was 'Rollerball' Mark Rocco. Before William Regal came to WWE, he was Roy Regal. And before Finlay came to WWE, he was 'Superman' Fit Finlay.

The wrestling that used to be aired on ITV World of Sport every Saturday featured a lot of 'comedy' matches, with the likes of Catweasel and Pedro the Gypsi, that wasn't really wrestling but was good if you wanted a laugh.

There was also a lot of great wrestling action that actually was 'wrestling', and not just a bunch of fat dudes hobbling around the ring belly-bumping each other (AKA Big Daddy). Wrestlers like Marty Jones, Johnny Kidd, Dynamite Kid, Young David and of course, Mark 'Rollerball' Rocco were the kind of guys who could flat-out wrestle, and always gave you a match you were proud to say was 'made in the UK'. I think that if Mark Rocco wasn't made to retire early due to a heart condition, he would have become a legend all around the world. But he made one hell of an impact in Japan and the UK, and was a true pioneer in the fast-paced wrestling style of today. In fact, Rocco and Dynamite Kid are the reason wrestling is more fast-paced then it was back in the day.

If you ever check this program out, either on the Wrestling Channel or on a DVD, you should keep your eyes out for matches with Finlay, Rocco, Johnny Saint or Dynamite in it. They are classic wrestling.

But whether its great wrestling or creative gimmicks you're after, this is the show for you.

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