WWE Superstars

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For the original show called Superstars, see WWF Superstars of Wrestling. For professional wrestlers employed by WWE, referred to by the company as "WWE Superstars", see List of WWE personnel.
WWE Superstars
WWE Superstars logo.png
Format Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring WWE roster
Opening theme "New Day Coming" by CFO$ feat. Todd Clark [1]
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4[2]
No. of episodes 284 (as of September 18, 2014 (2014-09-18))
Production
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel WGN America (2009 (2009) – 2011 (2011))
WWE.com (2011 (2011) – 2012 (2012))
Hulu Plus (2012 (2012) – present)
WWE Network (2014 (2014) – present)
Internationally syndicated (2009 (2009) – present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – present
Chronology
Related shows WWE Raw
WWE SmackDown
WWE NXT
WWE Main Event
External links
Website

WWE Superstars is a professional wrestling television program produced by WWE that originally aired on WGN America in the United States and is broadcast on the WWE Network. It debuted on April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) and ended its domestic broadcasting on April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07). After the final domestic TV broadcast the show moved to an internet broadcast format while maintaining a traditional television broadcast in international markets. The show features mid-to-low card WWE superstars and divas, in a format similar to the former show WWE Heat which served the same purpose. Big names such as John Cena and Randy Orton previously appeared on the show at its beginning. The show also previously featured talent from the now-defunct ECW brand.

Show history[edit]

On December 19, 2008 (2008-12-19), WWE and WGN America announced an agreement to create a new weekly, one-hour prime time series entitled WWE Superstars that was to debut in April 2009 (2009-04). The show features stars from all the WWE brands. In early 2009, WGN put out a press release hyping the revived series and revealed its new time slot for its debut. Superstars aired Thursday nights at 8:00PM Eastern/7:00PM Central.[3] A replay aired at noon on Sunday on WGN America. Until early 2010 the replay also aired on WGN-TV. However, it was removed, hence eliminating distribution of the show from the Canadian fanbase.[4] Superstars had its debut show on April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16).[5]

On March 17, 2011 (2011-03-17), WGN America announced that they would not renew their domestic broadcasts rights to WWE Superstars and the last episode they would air would be shown on April 7, 2011 (2011-04-07). Online reports stated that the network did not renew the series because it didn't live up to its expectations. WWE.com aired the show from April 14 to September 22, 2011 (2011-09-22) and again from October 6, 2011 (2011-10-06) to September 13, 2012 (2012-09-13). The show is still in production for international broadcasting.

Past episodes of WWE Superstars are now viewable on the video streaming website Hulu Plus and WWE Network along with episodes of SmackDown and ECW.[6]

Production[edit]

WWE Superstars' version of the universal WWE HD set used from April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – July 19, 2012 (2012-07-19)

The theme song for WWE Superstars is "New Day Coming" by CFO$ featuring Todd Clark, which replaced "Invincible" by Adelitas Way on May 17, 2013.[1] WWE Superstars currently uses the same universal WWE entrance set that is also currently used for WWE's other primary television programs Raw, and SmackDown.[7][8][9] Although WWE promotes the series as a television program that takes place during one night, in reality, the matches that are set for the event are taped earlier than the broadcast day. These matches are taped during the Raw events on Mondays and are then aired Thursdays during Superstars.[10]

After August 29, 2011, all WWE programming became "supershows", featuring the entire roster.[11] Since November 2, 2012, only one broadcast team works the whole show.

Commentators[edit]

Commentators Dates
Raw brand
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – October 26, 2010 (2010-10-26)
Scott Stanford and Jerry Lawler October 7, 2010 (2010-10-07)
October 28, 2010 (2010-10-28) – November 11, 2010 (2010-11-11)
November 25, 2010 (2010-11-25)
December 23, 2010 (2010-12-23)
Michael Cole and Josh Mathews November 11, 2010 (2010-11-11)
Scott Stanford and CM Punk November 18, 2010 (2010-11-18)
December 2, 2010 (2010-12-02) – December 16, 2010 (2010-12-16)
Scott Stanford and Josh Mathews December 30, 2010 (2010-12-30) – October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
Scott Stanford and Matt Striker March 29, 2012 (2012-03-29)
April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26) – May 3, 2012 (2012-05-03)
SmackDown brand
Todd Grisham and Jim Ross April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – October 29, 2009 (2009-10-29)
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker November 5, 2009 (2009-11-05) – December 2, 2010 (2010-12-02)
Jack Korpela and Matt Striker December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09) – May 26, 2011 (2011-05-26)
June 9, 2011 (2011-06-09) – November 3, 2011 (2011-11-03)
Jack Korpela and Booker T June 2, 2011 (2011-06-02)
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10) – October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
Michael Cole and Matt Striker April 26, 2012 (2012-04-26)
ECW brand
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – October 22, 2009 (2009-10-22)
Josh Mathews and Byron Saxton October 27, 2009 (2009-10-27) – February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)
Full roster
Scott Stanford and Matt Striker August 23, 2012 (2012-08-23)
November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) – January 11, 2013 (2013-01-11)
Tony Dawson and Matt Striker January 18, 2013 (2013-01-18) – June 21, 2013 (2013-06-21)
Tony Dawson and Alex Riley June 28, 2013 (2013-06-28) – September 20, 2013 (2013-09-20)
Josh Mathews and Tom Phillips September 27, 2013 (2013-09-27)
Josh Mathews and Alex Riley November 15, 2013 (2013-11-15)
Tom Phillips and Alex Riley October 4, 2013 (2013-10-04) – January 24, 2014 (2014-01-24)
Tom Phillips and Byron Saxton January 31, 2014 (2014-01-31) – June 26, 2014 (2014-06-26)
Tom Phillips and Renee Young July 3, 2014 (2014-07-03) – present

Ring announcers[edit]

Ring announcers Dates
Raw brand
Lilian Garcia April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24)
Justin Roberts October 1, 2009 (2009-10-01) – May 5, 2011 (2011-05-05)
July 14, 2011 (2011-07-14) – July 21, 2011 (2011-07-21)
November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
December 29, 2011 (2011-12-29) – October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
SmackDown brand
Justin Roberts April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16) – September 24, 2009 (2009-09-24)
Tony Chimel October 1, 2009 (2009-10-01) – May 5, 2011 (2011-05-05)
July 21, 2011 (2011-07-21)
December 29, 2011 (2011-12-29) – October 25, 2012 (2012-10-25)
Savannah May 6, 2010 (2010-05-06) – June 17, 2010 (2010-06-17)
Jamie Keyes August 12, 2010 (2010-08-12) – August 31, 2010 (2010-08-31)
Eden Stiles July 14, 2011 (2011-07-14)
November 10, 2011 (2011-11-10)
ECW brand
Tony Chimel April 30, 2009 (2009-04-30)
Lauren Mayhew October 8, 2009 (2009-10-08) – November 19, 2009 (2009-11-19)
Savannah December 17, 2009 (2009-12-17) – February 11, 2010 (2010-02-11)
Full roster
Ashley Valence November 25, 2010 (2010-11-25) – December 9, 2010 (2010-12-09)
Justin Roberts March 10, 2011 (2011-03-10)
Eden Stiles May 12, 2011 (2011-05-12) – December 22, 2011 (2011-12-22)
Tony Chimel November 2, 2012 (2012-11-02) – 2014
Justin Roberts 2014-present

United Kingdom & Ireland Television Timeslots[edit]

  • Sky 1 - Friday Afternoons (2009-2010)
  • Sky 1 - Saturday & Sunday Mornings (2011-Present) (9am Sat/10am Sun)
  • Sky 2' - Saturday Evenings (2014-) (7pm)
  • Sky Sports 4 - Saturday Late Evening (2011-Present) Around (11pm)(WWE Late Night Superstars)

International broadcasters[edit]

In addition to being broadcast in the United States on WWE NETWORK, WWE Superstars is also broadcast internationally.

Country Network Ref
Arab World AD Sport 6 HD [12]
Australia Fox8
Brazil FX Brazil [13]
Bulgaria bTV Sports [14][15]
Canada WWE Network (Canada)
Dominican Republic Antena Latina
France RTL9 [16][17]
India TEN Sports
TEN HD
[18][19]
Italy Sky Sport 2 [20][21]
Japan J SPORTS [22]
Malaysia Astro Super Sport [23]
Mexico MVS (52MX y MC) [24]
Pakistan TEN Sports [25]
Panama RPC Canal 4 [26]
Philippines Fox Sports Asia [27]
Puerto Rico Telemundo [28]
Peru Frecuencia Latina [29]
Romania Sport.ro [30]
Singapore SuperSports Plus [31][32]
South Africa e.tv [31][32]
United Kingdom & Ireland Sky 1
Sky 2
Sky Sports 3
[33]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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