Challenge TV and iMPACT! Wrestling issued the following press release today:
Challenge today announces the return of TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp, a new series searching for the UK’s next wrestling superstar. Commissioned with TNA Entertainment, this thrilling eight-part series will air exclusively on Challenge this Autumn and follow the search for aspiring professional wrestlers, who are trying to make it big in the ultra-competitive world of America’s TNA IMPACT WRESTLING.
Ambitious wrestlers from across the UK and Ireland will be invited by TNA to attend open wrestling try-outs filmed in the three announced locations of the 2015 TNA MAXIMUM IMPACT Tour; Glasgow, Manchester and London. The budding pros will have to demonstrate their prowess and wrestling skill levels to a panel of judges made up of three of TNA’s top personalities, who will be announced shortly.
Wrestlers auditioning for TNA British Boot Camp will have to prove themselves before the judges to progress in the competition, with the stakes getting higher with each progressing round. Wrestlers making it past the audition round will return to face off against one another in a ‘Best of Britain’ showcase, where the top competitors from the event will win the opportunity to travel to the US to continue in the series, meeting the stars of TNA and experiencing first-hand what it takes to be a member of the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING fraternity. The top finalists will go on to compete in New York City, in front of the toughest fans in the world.
The winner will receive a contract from TNA President Dixie Carter to become a full-time member of the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING roster. Three runners-up will also win a spot on TNA’s annual MAXIMUM IMPACT UK Tour, which will take place in January 2015 and be taped for global television.
The winner of the first series of British Boot Camp, the former Birmingham bank clerk turned wrestler, Rockstar Spud, is now a successful member of the TNA IMPACT WRESTLING roster, representing the company at events all over the world. Spud will be on hand to counsel and encourage this year’s contestants throughout the series.
“The first series of TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp was so successful that the winner has gone on to be a major star in America’s TNA IMPACT WRESTLING,” says Stephen Ladlow, Director of Challenge. “As Challenge is the UK home for TNA, it’s only fitting that we commission a series that invests in a new UK talent and inspires passionate TNA fans and Challenge viewers alike to the high pressure world of professional wrestling.”
“I am thrilled TNA is once again partnering with Challenge to bring season 2 of British Boot Camp to our incredible fans across the U.K. and Ireland,” says TNA President Dixie Carter. “The first season brought Rockstar Spud – my amazing Chief of Staff – to TNA and I anticipate discovering another incredible athlete and entertainer on this new season.”
British Boot Camp Executive Producer and TV presenter Jeremy Borash adds: “The number one question I always get from fans across the UK is ‘when will we get a second season of British Boot Camp?’ And with the first season’s popularity, combined with the incredible success of Rockstar Spud, we couldn’t be more excited with this news. Everything about season 2 will be bigger, more competitive and more exciting for our fans. If you loved the first season of Boot Camp, then fasten your seatbelt.”
TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp 2 will search for a UK superstar. Exclusive to Challenge, the series will follow the aspiring home-grown wrestlers as they pursue a professional wrestling contract with TNA Wrestling. TNA will be inviting wrestlers to try out for the show in televised trials, which will take place in Glasgow, Manchester and London in August 2014.
Any professional wrestlers who are over the age of 18, who would like to apply to be invited for trial, should email [email protected]
TNA Wrestling: British Boot Camp 2 was commissioned for Challenge by Chris Brogden, Acting Head of Sky Entertainment. It aims to compliment the burgeoning success of the TNA Impact series which is one of the top performing series on the channel. The series supports Sky’s commitment to increase its investment in home grown content to £600m.
For further information visit: www.challenge.co.uk