25 November 2016
| 6.1/10 |
16 April 2009
| Sports entertainment
"New Day Coming" by CFO$ feat. Todd Clark
Invincible, New Day Coming
Hulu, USA Network, WWE Network, Spike, ION Television, WGN America
The Undertaker, The Miz, Chris Jericho, Kane, Big Show
WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, WWE NXT, WWE Main Event, ECW
WWE Superstars, or simply Superstars, was a professional wrestling television program produced by WWE that originally aired on WGN America in the United States and later 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 featured mid-to-low card WWE superstars in a format similar to the former shows Heat and Velocity. which served the same purpose. "Enhancement talent" bouts also happened often. Big names such as John Cena, Randy Orton and Triple H appeared on the show at its beginning.
WWE Superstars Wikipedia
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). At the beginning, the show featured 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. 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. Superstars had its debut show on April 16, 2009 (2009-04-16).
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 continued to be produced for international broadcasting until November 25, 2016 (2016-11-25).
On November 28, 2016, it was announced that Superstars had been canceled by WWE and would be replaced on the WWE Network by 205 Live. WWE Main Event would serve as the complementary show featuring Raw and SmackDown talents (and would later replace WWE Superstars for international markets).
Past episodes of WWE Superstars were viewable on the video streaming website Hulu Plus and WWE Network along with episodes of SmackDown and ECW.
The last theme song for WWE Superstars was "New Day Coming" by CFO$ featuring Todd Clark, which replaced "Invincible" by Adelitas Way on May 17, 2013. The final commentators were Tom Phillips and Corey Graves, and JoJo was the last ring announcer.
Matches featured on Superstars were taped earlier in the week, during the Raw events on Monday nights. The program aired on Thursdays until January 2015 when SmackDown moved to same night. Superstars was then moved to Fridays on WWE Network, with its first Friday night airing on January 16.
In addition to being broadcast in the United States on WWE Network, WWE Superstars was also broadcast internationally.