WWE Experience

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WWE Experience
Schedule wweEx Logo.jpg
The mid-program bumper
Created by Vince McMahon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 597 (as of September 27, 2015)
Production
Location(s) New York City
Stamford, Connecticut
Camera setup Multicamera setup
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Release
Original network Spike TV
Syndicated overseas
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release May 2, 2004 (2004-05-02) – present
Chronology
Related shows Afterburn
Bottom Line
This Week
Vintage
Free For All

WWE Experience is a syndicated American television program produced by WWE which mainly recaps events taking place on Raw and SmackDown. The show ran from May 2004 until September 2005 in the US, broadcasting 64 episodes domestically before its cancellation. The show continues to run in international markets, with it being televised in Canada and Mexico, as well as in Asian and in some African countries.

History[edit]

The show was originally broadcast by Spike TV and was aired Sunday mornings at 10 A.M. The original hosts were Todd Grisham and Ivory, with the setting of the show being outdoors and usually around New York City. The PG-rated show was aimed at younger viewers and it summarized the events of Raw and Smackdown. The program marked the return of WWE programming to Sunday mornings since the cancellation of WWF Superstars of Wrestling in May 2001.[1]

When WWE programming moved to the USA Network during September 2005, WWE Experience was cancelled in America to later be replaced with AM Raw, but the show continued to be produced for overseas audiences. The filming was moved to the WWE studios in Stamford, Connecticut following reports that Grisham hated to film in the rain.[citation needed] Ivory was released from WWE a few weeks before the cancellation of the show in the United States. In July 2006, Todd Grisham was replaced as host by Josh Mathews, and no clear reason for Grisham's replacement was confirmed despite Mathews reportedly saying, "No reason, Todd's gone, [Josh is] here, deal with it". After Josh Mathews became a commentator on ECW, he was replaced by Jack Korpela. In November 2011, following Korpela's departure from the WWE, he was replaced by Matt Striker. In late 2012, Striker welcomed Renee Young as co-host, and following Striker leaving the WWE in early 2013, Young remained as the sole presenter of the show.

Hosts[edit]

Year(s) Host(s)
2004-05 Ivory and Todd Grisham
2005-06 Todd Grisham
2006-09 Josh Mathews
2009-11 Jack Korpela
2011-12 Matt Striker
2012-13 Matt Striker and Renee Young
2013–2015 Renee Young
2015–2016 Kyle Edwards
2016 Cathy Kelley
2016–present Cathy Kelley and Corey Graves

Fill in guest hosts[edit]

Year Host
2011 Scott Stanford
2011 Matt Striker

International versions[edit]

Canada[edit]

There is also a different version of the show that now airs on the Canadian sports Network Sportsnet 360 (previously known as The Score). It mainly recaps Raw and SmackDown. Hosted by network personalities rather than WWE employees, the Canadian version is currently hosted by Jackie Redmond, while past hosts have included Ryan Paton, Glenn Schiiler, Derek Snider, Greg Sansone, and Arda Ocal (who later worked for WWE under the pseudonym Kyle Edwards.) The program first aired on Sunday, October 8, 2006, and now airs every Sunday at 7pm ET with re-airs on Monday at 7pm as a lead-in to Raw.[2]

Puerto Rico[edit]

Puerto Rico hosts their own version of the show that airs Sundays at 1pm on free-to-air WAPA-TV, with the show being hosted by WWE's Spanish broadcaster Marcelo Rodriguez. The show is part of the WWE Weekend programing of the network that features the Spanish broadcast of SmackDown on Saturdays at 6pm and Experience on Sundays.

Malaysia[edit]

Malaysia had their own version of the show hosted by Zawen. It aired on Astro Ria, which is hosted by Malaysia's satellite provider, Astro Malaysia. The show began airing around the middle of December 2009, before being cancelled after 10 months on the air.

Broadcast[edit]

WWE Experience was broadcast from May 2004 to September 2005, before it was removed from syndication in the US. The show still airs in some international markets to fulfil programming commitments.

Country Network Time
Algeria Nessma TV Sundays, 6pm.
Australia One not televised anymore as from 25 of January
Bahrain Bahrain TV Mondays, 9pm.
Bangladesh TEN Sports Sundays, 5:30pm, 11pm. Mondays, 8am.
Canada Sportsnet 360 Sundays & Mondays at 7pm ET.[2]
Chad KSA Wednesdays, 9pm.
Costa Rica Repretel Sundays 7pm. Wednesdays, 6pm.
Dominican Republic Antena Latina Saturdays, 11pm.
India TEN Sports Sundays, 5pm, 10:30pm. Mondays, 7:30am.
Ireland Sky1 Sky Sports HD3 Sundays, 11am.[3]
Italy Sky Sport 2 Monday, 6:45pm. Tuesday, 1:00pm. Thursday, 5:30pm. Friday, 1:00pm
Kuwait Kuwait TV Fridays, 10pm.
Mexico 52 MX Saturdays, 12pm.
Oman Oman 2 Sundays, 6pm.
Pakistan TEN Sports Mondays, 9pm.
Philippines Solar Sports (2005–12), Fox Philippines (2012- Sundays, 6pm.[4][5]
Puerto Rico WAPA-TV Sundays, 1pm.
Portugal SIC Radical Sundays, 12:30pm.[6]
Singapore MediaCorp Channel 5 Fridays, 11pm. Wednesdays, 1am.
Thailand True Sport 2 Mondays, 8pm.
United Kingdom Sky1 Sundays, 11am.[7] (Ran from 2005-14. Replaced with a 60-minute recap of Raw at the same time.)

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