Mumbai, Jan 27 (): Ring Ka King, with having Cricketer Harbhajan Singh as its goodwill ambassador has started making a lot of expectation among the urban youth of India.
Ring Ka King, which literally means King of the Ring, is a professional wrestling promotion based in India, which is owned and operated by Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). Filming for the promotion’s television product began in December 2011 and is set to debut on India’s ” The Colors Network” on January 28, 2012.
The show has been produced by Endemol, that has created shows like “Indian Idol”, “Bigg Boss” and “Fear Factor – Khatron Ke Khiladi”.
“Ring Ka King” is inspired by Total Nonstop Action (TNA), but Deepak Dhar, managing director, Endemol India, says they have Indianised it to cater to desi viewers.
“We have pushed the boundaries with this new style. For Indian television, we have not changed the format much but have built on the existing format. It will capture the interest of the Indian audience,” said Dhar.
“Ring Ka King” will be spread over 13 weeks and will end just before the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches begin.
In the first four weeks of the show, viewers will see exciting matches that will crown a heavy weight champion and a tag team champion. During the subsequent weeks, the champions will have to save their title and fight against the other contenders, who will come their way and throw open challenges to claim their belt.
It is the first wrestling show on Indian television, made on such a huge scale. Harbhajan Singh hopes the show will help in popularising the sport among the urban youth.
The show, to be launched on Colors Jan 28, will see 30 international and Indian wrestlers fighting it out in the ring to become the ‘king’.
The list of wrestlers includes names like Jeff Jarrett, Matt Morgan, Scott Stiner and Monster Abyss, as well as Indian wrestlers with international level training like Jwala, Mahabali Veera, Romeo Rapta, Zoravar and Deadly Danda.
To add more zing into the show, the channel has roped in the Japanese wrestling sensation Yamamotoyama, who was earlier associated with the channel as a guest for Bigg Boss season 5.
“The wrestler will come to India this weekend. He will be a part of the show and also play a wrestling match with one of the top wrestlers. He will be in India for about 3 to 4 days,” sources said.