| 6.7/10 |
10 (1 unaired)
Kris Kloss, Bret Ernst
| Kevin Kleinrock
Big Vision Entertainment
"Organism" by The Ernies
Kevin Kleinrock, Cody Michaels
Vampiro, Seth Rollins, Matt Sydal, Ricky Banderas, Sean Waltman
Hulk Hogan's Celebrity, Impact Wrestling, ECW, WWE SmackDown, WWE Raw
Wrestling Society X (WSX) was a short-lived professional wrestling-based television series produced in 2006 by Big Vision Entertainment. The weekly television series formerly aired on MTV, MTV2, MTV Tr3s, and over a dozen other MTV outlets throughout the world. WSXtra, an extra program featuring WSX matches and interviews not broadcast on television, was available on the promotion's MTV website and Video on Demand.
WSX was presented as a secret society of wrestling that used a venue referred to as the WSX Bunker, complete with an artificially worn-out looking ring for its matchups. In matches held within this venue, falls count anywhere was the stipulation. The program also stood out due to its unorthodox approach to pro wrestling; this included frequent use of highly expressive plants, crowd sound effects, electrical sound effects, visual effects, and camera shaking when a wrestler would fall prey to electrical weapons. Along with wrestling, WSX featured musical guests playing at the start of each television broadcast, with some band members joining the broadcast team (consisting of Kris Kloss and Bret Ernst) after the performance.
The WSX pilot was taped on February 10, 2006 in Los Angeles, California, and all wrestlers present were forced to sign an agreement stating that they would take part in a full season if the show was picked up by MTV. Delirious was not used at the taping due to his refusal to sign the agreement, as it would have prevented him from working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. On July 8, 2006, MTV commissioned the promotion to produce a full season of episodes for their network, and WSX taped its first season of shows between November 11 and November 16, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. The tapings were booked by head writer Kevin Kleinrock, Cody Michaels and Vampiro.
The series premiered January 30, 2007 on MTV. It originally aired Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET, to compete with the second half of ECW on Sci Fi. The WSX Championship was the only title featured and defended on the program, but announcer Kris Kloss hinted (towards the end of the series) at the arrival of WSX Tag Team Championships in the future during tag team matches and on the unaired season finale it was announced the creation of an X Division-style title for the second season. The fourth episode of the series was pulled by MTV after a spot featuring Ricky Banderas throwing a fireball at Vampiro was deemed unairable by the network, but would air in edited form on February 27, 2007. Houston Curtis of Big Vision Entertainment announced on March 2, 2007 that Wrestling Society X had been pulled from MTV. A marathon of new episodes 5-9 aired on March 13, 2007, as MTV later announced that the marathon served as the season finale of WSX. Episode 10 (the actual season finale) has yet to air, and was quietly removed from its scheduled slot on March 20 on MTV. The unaired finale featured a double main event with The Cartel defeating Los Pochos Guapos in a Piranha Tank Deathmatch & Team Dragon Gate defeating The Filth and The Fury in an Exploding Cage Timebomb match.
MTV aired unadvertised previews of the first two episodes the Friday before they premiered at 11:00 pm ET. Prior to WSX debuting, this timeslot normally averaged a 0.10 rating. The first preview episode on January 26 drew a 0.43 rating, while the second preview episode on February 2 drew 0.50. MTV discontinued preview airings beginning with the third episode in hopes of maximizing ratings for the Tuesday broadcasts.
Wrestling Society X: The Complete First (and Last) Season DVD was released on November 13, 2007. The set features all 10 episodes, all 10 WSXtra episodes, deleted scenes and special features. All of the musical performances were edited out of the DVD set. Also on the DVD were scenes already recorded for the second season, including a season opener WSX Title Match between Ricky Banderas and Youth Suicide in a scaffold match and a feud between Nic Grimes and Mickie Knuckles.
Episodes of both Wrestling Society X and WSXtra are available through video on demand, and was announced to start airing on MTV Latin America in the upcoming months. In Canada, the show was aired on Musique Plus as "Lutte et Musique Extrême" with two veejays commentating in French.
The WSX Championship was the only professional wrestling title in the short-lived promotion. A ten-man WSX Rumble, which aired on January 30, 2007, was held to decide the participants in the first WSX Championship match, with 6-Pac and Vampiro winning. On November 11, 2006 (aired February 6, 2007), Vampiro defeated 6-Pac with a Tombstone Piledriver inside an exploding coffin to become the first WSX Champion. Rick Banderas defeated Vampiro on November 15, 2006 (aired March 14, 2007) with a Chokeslam into an exploding coffin wrapped in barbed-wire to win the WSX Championship. The promotion closed in March 2007, and Banderas was stripped of the championship on June 17, 2007. Statistically, Banderas held the title the longest.A WSX Rumble match starts out as a Royal Rumble match and when all the participants have arrived, the match then becomes a Ladder match.
Stables and Tag TeamsAlkatrazz & Luke Hawx
Arik Cannon & Vic Grimes, with Nic Grimes
The Cartel (Delikado, Lil’ Cholo & Mongol) with El Jefé
Do It For Her (Jimmy Jacobs & Tyler Black)
The Filth and The Fury (Teddy Hart & Matt Cross)
Keepin’ It Gangsta (Ruckus & Babi Slymm)
Los Pochos Guapos (Aaron Aguilera & Kaos)
Team Dragon Gate (Horiguchi & Yoshino) with Sakoda
That 70’s Team (Joey Ryan & The Disco Machine)
The Trailer Park Boyz (Nate Webb & Josh Raymond) with Johnny Webb
Broadcast TeamBret Ernst – color commentator
Fabian Kaelin – ring announcer, co-host of WSXtra
Kris Kloss – play-by-play analyst
Lacey – interviewer/correspondent, co-host of WSXtra
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