WWE Experience

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WWE Experience
The WWE Experience.jpg
Created byVince McMahon
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Production location(s)
Camera setupMulticamera setup
Running time60 minutes (including commercials)
Release
Original network
Picture format
Original releaseMay 2, 2004 (2004-05-02) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related shows

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, European 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 August 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. 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 until she was replaced by Kyle Edwards. When Edwards was released in April 2016 he was replaced by Cathy Kelley who was temporarily joined by Corey Graves soon after.

Hosts[edit]

Year(s) Host(s)
2004–2005 Ivory and Todd Grisham
2005–2006 Todd Grisham
2006–2009 Josh Mathews
2009–2011 Jack Korpela
2011–2012 Matt Striker
2012–2013 Matt Striker and Renee Young
2013–2015 Renee Young
2015–2016 Kyle Edwards
2016 Cathy Kelley
2016–2017 Cathy Kelley and Corey Graves
2017–present Cathy Kelley

Fill in guest hosts[edit]

Year Host
2011,
2013–2014
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. Previously hosted by network personalities rather than WWE employees, the Canadian version is currently hosted by Charly Caruso and sometimes Scott Stanford, while past hosts have included Ryan Paton, Glenn Schiiler, Derek Snider, Greg Sansone, and Arda Ocal (who later hosted the American version of the show under the name Kyle Edwards.) The program first aired on Sunday, October 8, 2006, and now airs every Thursday at 7pm ET.[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 1pm 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 No longer televised 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
Colombia Canal 1 Sundays 3pm
Dominican Republic Antena Latina Saturdays, 11pm
Hungary Galaxy4 Wednesdays, 10pm
India TEN Sports Sundays, 5pm, 10:30pm. Mondays, 7:30am
Ireland Sky One Sundays, 11am[3]
Italy Sky Sport 2 Monday, 6:45pm. Tuesday, 1pm. Thursday, 5:30pm. Friday, 1pm
Jamaica Flow One Saturdays, 8pm
Kuwait Kuwait TV Fridays, 10pm
Mexico 52 MX Saturdays, 12pm
New Zealand Maori Television No longer televised as from 4 January 2019
Nigeria WWE Channel HD Fridays, 11:30pm
Oman Oman 2 Sundays, 6pm
Pakistan TEN Sports Mondays, 9pm
Puerto Rico WAPA-TV Sundays, 1pm
Portugal SIC Radical and SIC K Sundays, 12:30pm. (SIC Radical)[4] Fridays, 11:45pm (SIC K)
Singapore MediaCorp Channel 5 Fridays, 11pm. Wednesdays, 1am
Spain GOL Mondays, 13pm
Thailand True Sport 2 Mondays, 8pm
United Kingdom BT Sport 1 Sundays, 11am

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://web.archive.org/web/20150908133517/http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2004/wwe-corporate-world-wresting-entertainment-to-debut-new-sunday-morning-television-program-on-spike-tv
  2. ^ a b "The WWE Experience at The Score Canada". thescore.com. Archived from the original on 2013-02-04. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  3. ^ "The WWE Experience at TV Now Ireland". tvnow.ie. Archived from the original on 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-07-29.
  4. ^ "WWE Experience at SIC Radical" (in Portuguese). SIC Radical. Retrieved 2012-07-29.[permanent dead link]

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