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WWE Superstars
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WWE Superstars logo
Format Sports entertainment
Professional wrestling
Created by Vince McMahon
Starring WWE roster
Opening theme "Invincible" by Adelitas Way[1]
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2[2]
No. of episodes 83 (as of November 18, 2010)
Production
Running time 60 minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel WGN America
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run April 16, 2009 – Present
Chronology
Related shows WWE Raw
WWE NXT
WWE SmackDown
External links
Official website

WWE Superstars is a professional wrestling television program produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) that is currently airing on WGN America in the United States. It debuted on April 16, 2009. The show features WWE talent from both of the current brands: Raw and SmackDown. The show also previously featured talent from the now-defunct ECW brand.[3]

Show historyEdit

On December 19, 2008, 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. 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 airs Thursday nights at 8:00 pm ET (7:00 pm CT).[4] A replay airs at noon on Sunday 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.[5] Superstars had its debut show on April 16, 2009.[6]

ProductionEdit

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The theme song for WWE Superstars is "Invincible" by Adelitas Way.[1] WWE Superstars currently uses the same universal WWE entrance set that is also currently used for WWE's other primary television programs Raw, NXT, 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 and SmackDown events on Mondays and Tuesdays, respectively, and are then aired Thursdays during Superstars.[10] As a result, the show features brand-specific commentary throughout the show, as each brand's respective commentators announce the match for their particular show. Also the colors of the ropes change depending on the brand that is wrestling.[11]

CommentatorsEdit

Commentators Dates
Raw brand
Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler April 16, 2009 — October 28, 2010
Scott Stanford and Jerry Lawler October 7, 2010 and October 28, 2010 - Present
Michael Cole and Josh Mathews November 11, 2010
Scott Stanford and CM Punk November 18, 2010
SmackDown brand
Todd Grisham and Jim Ross April 16, 2009 — October 29, 2009
Todd Grisham and Matt Striker November 5, 2009 — present
ECW brand
Josh Mathews and Matt Striker April 16, 2009 — October 22, 2009
Josh Mathews and Byron Saxton October 27, 2009 — February 11, 2010

Ring announcersEdit

Ring announcer Dates
Raw brand
Lilian Garcia April 16, 2009 — September 24, 2009
Justin Roberts October 1, 2009 — present
SmackDown brand
Justin Roberts April 16, 2009 — September 14, 2009
Tony Chimel October 1, 2009 — present
Savannah May 6, 2010 — June 17, 2010
Jamie Keyes August 12, 2010 — August 31, 2010
ECW brand
Tony Chimel April 30, 2009 — September 24, 2009
Lauren Mayhew October 8, 2009 — November 19, 2009
Savannah December 17, 2009 — February 11, 2010

United Kingdom Television TimeslotEdit

  • Sky 1 - Friday Afternoons (2009-)

International broadcastersEdit

In addition to being broadcast in the United States on WGN America,[4] WWE Superstars is also broadcast internationally.

Country Network Ref
Australia Fox8 [12][13]
Bulgaria RING.BG [14][15]
Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein SPORT1 [16][17][18][19][20]
France RTL9 [21][22]
India Ten Sports [23][24]
Italy Sky Sport 2 [25][26]
Malaysia Astro Super Sport [27]
México MVS (52MX y MC) [28]
New Zealand The Box [29][30]
Philippines Studio 23 [31]
Poland TV Puls [32]
Peru Frecuencia Latina [33]
Romania Sport.ro [34]
South Africa e.tv [35][36]
United Kingdom & Ireland Sky1, Sky Sports 3 [37]

ReferencesEdit

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  4. 4.0 4.1 "WWE Television Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/?cid=2009NEWTOPNAV-00. Retrieved April 18, 2009. 
  5. "WGN America enters WWE ring with "WWE Superstars"". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-01-05. http://www.wwe.com/inside/news/wgnamericaenterwwering. Retrieved 2009-04-14. 
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  10. Caldwell, James (2009-04-16). "Caldwell's WWE Superstars Report 4/16: Ongoing "virtual time" coverage of debut edition on WGN". PW Torch. http://pwtorch.com/artman2/publish/TV_Reports_9/article_31447.shtml. Retrieved 2009-06-26. 
  11. Ross, Jim (2009-04-15). "Draft Thoughts...Another Von Erich to Enter the Ring??...Steamboat to put tights back on?? WGN..". J.R.'s Family Bar-B-Q. http://www.jrsbarbq.com/blog/draft-thoughtsanother-von-erich-enter-ringsteamboat-put-tights-back-wgn. Retrieved 2009-04-18. "All three brands will be featured weekly and each brand's announcers will call their respective bouts." 
  12. "FOX8 Scheduling". FOX8. http://www.fox8.foxtel.com.au/Guide/index.htm. Retrieved 2009-10-07.  [dead link]
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  14. "Bulgarian TV Guide" (in Bulgarian). TV Guide. http://www.tvguide.bg/. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
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  16. "WWE Germany Scheduling" (in German). World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Germany. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  17. "WWE Austria Scheduling". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Austria. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  18. "WWE Switzerland Scheduling". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Switzerland. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  19. "WWE Luxembourg Scheduling". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Luxembourg. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  20. "WWE Liechtenstein Scheduling". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://us.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Liechtenstein. Retrieved 2010-05-31. 
  21. "WWE's France Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/France. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  22. "WWE Superstars on the RTL9 Website". RTL9. http://www.rtl9.com/guide-programmes/sport-catch-superstars-193.aspx. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  23. "WWE's India Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/India. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  24. "Ten Sports India Schedule". Ten Sports. http://www.tensports.com/tvschedule/?c=1011. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  25. "WWE's Italy Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Italy. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  26. "WWE Superstars SKY Italia schedule" (in Italian). http://guidatv.sky.it/guidatv/programma/sport/wrestling/wwe-superstars_76182.shtml. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  27. "WWE's Malaysia Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Malaysia. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  28. "WWE Superstars en Mexico". Superluchas. http://superluchas.net/2010/08/03/wwe-superstars-en-mexico-a-partir-del-6-de-agosto/. Retrieved 2010-10-07. 
  29. "WWE's New Zealand Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/New%20Zealand. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  30. "WWE Superstars on the BOX". The Box. http://www.skytv.co.nz/Default.aspx?tabid=131&art_id=26940&707_page=4. Retrieved 2009-10-09. 
  31. http://www.studio23.tv
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  33. "WWE's Poland Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Poland. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  34. "WWE's Romania Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/Romania. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
  35. "WWE's South Africa Schedule". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/television/rw/country/South%20Africa. Retrieved 2009-10-07. 
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