After weeks of negotiations The Cage Rage Championships (CRC) can now release that they have signed a contract to be the flagship show of TWC, as the channel embarks upon a shift in programming from 4th December. The show “Cage Fighter”, which is produced and presented by CRC promoters Andy Geer and Dave O’Donnell, will broadcast from 22:00 to 23:00, six days a week, Monday to Saturday on TWC, via Sky Channel 427.
“We are absolutely thrilled and excited with the deal we have struck with The Cage Rage Championships,” said Sean Herbert, head of programming for TWC.
“This series of first run, brand new programming will position & secure TWC as the home of MMA in the UK.”
The magazine format TV show will feature CRC footage, exclusive backstage access at events as well as studio interviews with the top MMA fighters and celebrity guests. It will be the daily injection of MMA for hardcore fans and accessible enough to expose the sport to a larger audience.
“TWC are providing a strong platform for MMA and we’re all confident that there will be huge benefits for both CRC and TWC” said Andy Geer of the new deal.
The series contract has been signed until the end of 2008 with the first programmes already recorded. The first episode of the series broadcast at 10pm on Monday 4th December will be a “Super Card Show” examining world class fighters such as Melvin Manhoef and Anderson Silva, both Cage Rage World Champions. Further shows will spotlight Jean Silva, rising showman Lee Doski and guest spots with British MMA boys Alex Reid, Dave Legeno and Mark Epstein.
The deal will expose CRC to a larger market and will move the promotion from the most covered MMA event the UK to one of the largest in the World. It is hoped that the existing TWC audience, used to a diet of hard-core wrestling action will become educated towards MMA as well as CRC fans being introduced to the channel. The Sky Sports 3 ‘Live Event’ programme, which now has viewing figures of around 120,000, will not be effected but ‘Cage Fighter’ is hoped to add to the live event by offering an in depth look at the techniques of the sport, the personality of its fighters and explore MMA’s indisputable rise across the world.
2006 has seen a series of landmark events for CRC from the media partnership deal with Nuts Magazine, a 280% increase in attendance and a move to the prestigious location of Wembley Arena. To end a spectacular year Cage Rage Championships 19: Fearless will be held at the prestigious Earls Court on 9th December. Even bigger and better things are in store for CRC and with a TV show six nights a week you’ll be able to keep up to date with all of the CRC and MMA current news!
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TWC FIGHT is proud to announce that to celebrate our rebranding we will become the official sponsor for Heavyweight Wrestler Sheamus O’Shaunessy in 2007.
Broadcasting Free-To-Air on SKY Digital channel 427, TWC FIGHT (formerly The Wrestling Channel), has gained a huge audience in the UK & Ireland bringing the world’s most diverse wrestling and mixed martial arts shows seven-days-a-week.
Part of our rebranding exercise is to bring a broader scope of fighting programmes to incorporate Mixed Martial Arts, Cage Fighting and Mayhem Fighting from Brazil as well as quality Wrestling coverage from around the world. TWC FIGHT sees this sponsorship deal with Sheamus O’Shaunessy as part of our continued progression and evolution.
Sean Herbert, Director of TWC Fight said: “TWC Fight is in a stage of massive growth and transition due to the widening taste of our viewers. We were a purely Wrestling focused station but the demand for a richer variety of Fighting programmes was there, so we wanted to address this and keep our viewers attention.”
He went on: “Sheamus O’Shaunessy was the first real star to emerge from The Wrestling Channel’s unique coverage of homegrown wrestling promotions in the UK and Ireland. We see this sponsorship package as a great opportunity for TWC Fight to give a little back and also for our brand to be associated with probably the biggest Wrestler to emerge from anywhere in Europe in the past decade. 2007 is going to be a big year for TWC FIGHT & SOS!”
As part of The TWC Fight sponsorship package Sheamus has relocated from his hometown of Dublin to his new base London so he can be near to the biggest Wrestling Promotions in the Europe where he is very much top of the fight card.
Sheamus said of the deal: “With TWC Fight’s backing I can now consolidate myself as Europe’s top Professional Wrestler and also be guaranteed unprecedented TV coverage to the widest audience outside of the WWE. It’s a dream come through and takes the financial pressure away so I can concentrate fulltime on improving my Wrestling, Performance & Physique and keep my eyes focused on my ultimate goal of one day becoming the World Wrestling Champion.”
For more information on TWC FIGHT visit our Website here: www.twcfight.com. For more information on Sheamus O’Shaunessy visit his official website here: www.SOSOfficial.com.
TWC regrets to inform it’s viewers, that after almost 3 years of being the home to TNA Wrestling in the UK, TNA have now signed an exclusive deal with another UK network commencing on the 1st of January 2007.
As disappointed as we are, we understand that this is a natural progression for a company that is growing as fast as TNA; we are happy to have been a part of their growth in the UK, and wish them all the best in the future!
From Monday 4 December, The Wrestling Channel becomes TWC Fight! (www.twcfight.com): the world’s most diverse professional wrestling and mixed martial arts TV channel. It will continue to air free of charge across the UK and Ireland on Sky channel 427.
The rebranding marks several new programming agreements:
An expansion of the channel’s mixed martial arts (MMA) programming, which will now include Cage Warriors, Gladiator Challenge, King of the Cage and a dedicated UK MMA show.
A daily show, Cage Fighter TV, produced exclusively for TWC Fight! by the Cage Rage promotion.
The Mayhem Fighting Series: 2 hours a week of MMA from around the world, including the popular Jungle Fights events from Brazil.
But pro wrestling fans need not worry as TWC Fight! brings more good news:
A new concept, Real Quality Wrestling, will break down promotional barriers to showcase the best of British wrestling.
The exceedingly-popular World of Sport will now have five first-run episodes from the ITV archives each week.
Four shows from the channel’s original launch (Memphis Classic Wrestling, GAEA Japan, 3PW and Shoot Interviews) are to re-run for the benefit of new viewers, while the late-night Bloodbath slot returns.
As well as the previously mentioned shows, TWC Fight! will continue to show the widest range of first-run wrestling including Ring of Honor, Pro Wrestling NOAH, Memphis Wrestling and LDN Capital TV, plus Classic TNA from the Nashville era. Up-to-date TNA programming (iMPACT!, Xplosion and the monthly supercards) will also continue to air for the foreseeable future.
TWC Fight!’s head of programming Sean Herbert said the new programming reflected the diverse audience built up by the channel. “We know there are a growing number of crossover fans, but that our viewers also include wrestling diehards and MMA purists. TWC Fight! is our way of making sure we suit all tastes, with up to 35 hours of original programming each week.
“We’ve taken great care to expand the MMA output without detracting from our wrestling coverage. TWC Fight! now features a wider variety of promotions than any other channel worldwide.”
The channel is also relaunching its online shopping site at www.twcfightshop.com. The new site will be easier to use and feature a much wider range of wrestling and MMA merchandise.
Two-Time Irish Heavyweight Wrestling Champion Sheamus O’Shaunessy has finally got his shot at the Big Time after being recruited by the WWE for their top two Prime-Time shows in November: RAW & Smackdown…
But rather than put SOS in front of his home crowd in The Point, WWE recruiters want the Irish giant for their two biggest shows in Manchester’s MEN Arena, with a capacity of 20,000 seats, for live tapings of RAW on Monday 13th November and Smackdown on Tuesday 14th November.
With global TV viewing Figures in the hundreds-of-millions, the WWE is one of the biggest sporting and entertainment programmes on the planet and a massive platform for the Dubliner who hopes to follow in-the-footsteps of other WWE stars such as Hulk Hogan and The Rock.
On getting the booking through his popular website www.SOSOfficial.com Sheamus O’Shaunessy – The Irish Curse said:
I CAN’T BELIEVE THIS IS HAPPENING, THIS REALLY IS A DREAM COME THROUGH! I’VE BEEN TRAINING HARD – TWICE A DAY IN THE GYM – BUT I’M GOING TO EVEN STEP THAT UP AS THIS IS THE BIGGEST OPPORTUNITY OF MY LIFE AND I WANT TO DO IT FOR IRELAND & THE IRISH ALL AROUND THE WORLD.
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