Scottish ring star Viper has conquered the world and today vowed to help British wrestling’s ascent to prime time popularity.
Viper will take to the ring as one of the main events when World of Sport Wrestling comes to the Beach Ballroom on Sunday January 27.
WOS Wrestling made a triumphant return to television this year with a 10-part series on ITV on a Saturday.
With each episode pulling in excess of one million viewers, World of Sport became the highest-rated British wrestling TV show in more than 30 years.
Having won a prestigious SWA and ICW Double Title match in Japan, Viper (aka Kimberley Benson) ruled the world and is confident World of Sport Wrestling can continue to rise to reach new levels of success.
She said: “We have just done the first season of World of Sport Wrestling and by all accounts everyone was very happy with it and it was hugely popular.
“We are hoping it will not just be a one off but a continuous thing. I would certainly like to see it on our televisions for many more years to come.
“Ideally I want to see a series 10, 11 and 12.
“World of Sport has been great for me. I had a lot of exposure from travelling to Japan and managed to get myself in the eyeline of lots of wrestling fans.
“What World of Sport did was introduce us all to a whole new demographic of fans who had maybe never even seen wrestling before. All my social media followers went up and I noticed more people coming to shows.
“I would be getting more messages from fans all across the spectrum, the numbers of viewers and fans were going up.”
Viper is already popular in Japan and won the All Star Alliance title at the legendary Karokuen Hall in Tokyo against Toni Storm.
The 27-year-old is the only Scot to fight on a top of the table bill at Karokuen Hall. For wrestlers the ultimate goal is a spot on the roster of WWE in America where there can be world-wide exposure and big money.
Viper has already appeared on WWE at a special event under the name Piper Niven. For now though Viper’s main focus is on helping British wrestling’s return to television.
On WWE, she said: “It is certainly one of my goals and a thing I want to tick off my list.
“I would not say it is my top aspiration.
“If I am being completely honest it used to be.
“However, I have been presented with an opportunity where I think I can maybe do everything I want – but at home.
“That is my real goal and what I want to do is help British wrestling become big on British national television.
“So I don’t have to go anywhere.
“It is so exhilarating but a little bit frightening as well.”
Viper will make a welcome return to the Granite City, having fought on Wrestlezone’s Aberdeen Anarchy at the Beach Ballroom on September 1 where she defeated Sammii Jayne.
She said: “The fans in Aberdeen are fantastic.
“I don’t know if it is because other companies have been giving them a good showcase and some great talent or because Aberdeen is a passionate wrestling area. Every time I have been up there all the fans are so ramped up and excited to see the wrestlers.
“They always give me a great reception.”
The World of Sport Wrestling’s roster includes current champion Justin Sysum.
Others competing as part of the company include Sha Samuels, Rampage, Adam Maxted, Nathan Cruz and British Bulldog Junior.
In the women’s division are Ayesha, Kasey Owens, Kay Lee Ray and Bea Priestley.