WOW Women of Wrestling‘s first season on AXS TV was a relatively short one, with only eight episodes. At a press conference streamed online earlier today with WOW owners David McLane and Jeannie Buss and AXS TV Fights CEO Andrew Simon, it was announced that not only has WOW been renewed for a second season, but it will be triple the length of the first.
According to Simon, WOW, “the only weekly women’s [wrestling] series out there” is the “highest rated live series we’ve had in our history… so it was a no brainer for us to give out a twenty-four episode order, which is unprecedented in AXS TV history.”
The second season, which will tape May 15-16 at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, will have some new creative elements as well. In addition to character vignettes for wrestlers who haven’t been highlighted yet, there will be a tournament to crown tag team champions. (Currently, the WOW World Championship, held by (spoiler if you’re behind) Tessa Blanchard (end spoiler), is the only shiny belt in the game, though there are established duos like the Psycho Sisters and Temptress and Dagger that you have to guess will be in next season’s tournament.)
McLane also officially announced the opening of the WOW Training Center in Long Beach, which will be headed up by Blanchard and Selina Majors. A press release describes it as a place that “provides women seeking to become professional wrestlers with a place to train in a safe and secure environment.”
Blanchard also provided an official statement on the school:
“I am happy to join Selina Majors in providing women with a fully comprehensive training program designed specifically for them. I was trained by men, and while that worked for me, I know a more supportive community for women wanting to join our profession will increase the participation.”
If you or someone you know if interested in training with WOW, they’re accepting applications here.