With professional wrestling once again rising in popularity, with the success of “The Iron Claw” and WWE recently signing a new deal with Netflix that begins next year that will bring its flagship show, “RAW” in the US and the entire WWE Network internationally to the streaming platform.

And it looks like Disney is looking to take advantage of this boost in viewership, as according to “Fightful Select,” FX has picked up a pitch for a new half-hour sitcom that is based on professional wrestling.

The new project doesn’t yet have a name and going to be set in the Los Angeles independent scene.  The tone of the show is described as a cross between the 2008 movie, “The Wrestler” and the 1993 comedy “Dazed and Confused.”

It’s also been revealed that Luke Hawx is connected to the project and he has previously worked as a consultant on the Starz wrestling series, “Heelz” and appeared as Stone Cold Steve Austin in the “Young Rock” comedy series.  Luke has also previously worked on “The Fast and The Furious” and “Logan.  In addition to working for the NWA wrestling promotion, in addition to working some squash matches in the WWE.

There are many other wrestlers rumoured to be involved in the project, and there is a strong incentive to use real wrestlers for the show.   Using professionally trained wrestlers will no doubt give the show a more realistic edge, but more importantly, they would be able to showcase their skills much more easily than an actor with no wrestling skills.  And while some wrestlers might not be the best actors, they are often masters of storytelling.

As with any project still in the early development stage, it could be years until we see it eventually hit our screens. That’s if FX picks up the project.

Roger’s Take:  As a lifelong wrestling fan, I certainly would be interested in checking this show out, but it’s always been a tricky topic to turn into a successful show.  “Young Rock” did a pretty good job, because it pulled in on the nostalgia element of the WWE, but it’ll be great to see something a little different, especially at a time when we just don’t have that many comedies around.

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Roger Palmer

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