It was announced via ETOnline that Women of Wrestling (WOW) will be returning to television by way of ViacomCBS in weekend syndication in Fall of 2022, as well as historical seasons being made available on Pluto TV and CW Seed, expected around December of 2021.
Out with the old… in with the new generation!
— WOW (@wowsuperheroes) October 7, 2021
“Wrestling’s presentation of women has long been very important to me, and we now are presenting the epitome in sports entertainment that will highlight the athleticism of these superstars as we reintroduce WOW,” said the owner of the all-female wrestling promotion Jeanie Buss in a statement to ET. “Our partnership with the entire ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group family allows us to continue our mission of providing wrestling fans and WOW Superheroes what they have all deserved; a global platform for a dedicated women’s wrestling league.”
Dan Cohen, President of ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group also made a statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with Jeanie Buss and David McLane to create a significant global footprint for WOW and expand our diverse, world-class content portfolio,” Cohen said in his statement to ET. “This series offers audiences unique, compelling, and creative entertainment that features female ‘superheroes’ in the ring, behind the cameras, and in all aspects of the business. Both in the U.S and abroad, we believe this is an event program that will make some noise in the marketplace.”
Buss, Tessa Blanchard, and current WOW World Champion The Beast all expressed excitement on Wednesday night. Buss made it clear she’s hoping for this to be a big-time destination for women in wrestling.
“There are so many female athletes that don’t get a chance to shine,” Buss stated. “People in a position like mine have to invest in opportunities for women to compete and to shine and to show us what they got. These two women right here deserve the spotlight. They deserve to be seen.”
Tessa Blanchard of IMPACT Wrestling fame is a second-generation athlete and the daughter of AEW’s Tully Blanchard. She backed up Buss’s passion for this project.
“[Wrestling has] taken me all over the world,” Blanchard said. “I’ve gotten to live in different countries, and win championship titles all over the world, but now with WOW, this is without a doubt the biggest platform for women’s wrestling in history. To be a part of it, it’s a testament that we’re changing the status quo for women’s wrestling, for professional wrestling altogether, and it’s just such a blessing to be a part of it.”
“For once I’ll agree with Tessa,” The Beast jested, before continuing in earnest. “For myself, underneath all this, I’m muscles, I’m tattoos. I don’t look like your normal, standard female, so WOW gives me the opportunity to be who I am, unapologetically. We have women from all walks of life, from corporate to blue-collar, and we all get a chance to be who we are and shine the way we are and be strong and be any way we want to be.”
Other WOW superheroes we can expect to see are Danni, Alex Gracia, Briana Montez, Kate Smith, and Imo Akpan. It is set to launch in September of 2022 on CBS affiliates. It was also announced at WOW’s press conference Wednesday that AJ Mendez, f.k.a. AJ Lee in WWE, will be an executive producer and providing color commentary for the company.
“But my goal after wrestling, was to create those characters for the next generation. So every little girl could see themselves on TV and know that nothing was impossible.”
We’re not crying… you are, from the words that AJ Mendez spoke at the press conference! 😭💜 pic.twitter.com/l1NFZpRJMl
— WOW (@wowsuperheroes) October 7, 2021
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