"Superstars" - WWE's forgotten TV show
Anyone out there watching WWE Superstars?
It’s Thurday night, which means "WWE Superstars," if you’re lucky enough to get WGN America on your television provider.
It’s been nearly two years now since WWE brought back the “Superstars” brand to television after a long hiatus. In the 1980s and 1990s, “WWF Superstars” was the company’s flagship show before the advent of "Monday Night Raw."
Suffice to say that the quality of today’s “Superstars” is a far cry from the show that I used to watch at 12 p.m. on Saturday on Channel 5 here in New York. The biggest irony is that, despite the name, the program rarely features any true WWE “Superstars,” but rather is usually filled out by those wrestlers not deemed good enough to make it onto "Raw" or "Smackdown" most weeks. Main events frequently involve the likes of Yoshi Tatsu or JTG.
And yet, I still get a kick out of "Superstars," and frankly enjoy it much more than that other wrestling show that’s on television Thursday nights. Unlike “TNA Impact,” you can actually get some quality wrestling on “Superstars,” without the confounding storylines.
But still, with ratings for WWE’s top shows, including "Raw," suffering in recent months, one can only imagine how paltry viewership is for "Superstars." WGN America is available in about 25 percent fewer homes than USA.
While I’m sure it’s low on WWE’s priority list, it seems apparent that "Superstars" could use some kind of shake up. Rather than have so-called jobbers face each other, I’d be up for WWE featuring some bigger names occasionally in “squash matches” – much like the old “Superstars” program. A John Cena vs. Curt Hawkins squash main event could be fun, and help create a little buzz over the neglected show.
With WWE still talking about creating its own television network over the next couple years, it would stand to reason that Superstars may be a good fit to flesh out its primetime line up. But even then, WWE would still have to give fans a good reason to watch the show.
All that said, Superstars will occasionally surprise fans with an interesting main event (then world champion Chris Jericho faced Goldust earlier this year; Rey Mysterio had a killer match with Tyson Kidd last year), some really strong wrestling action, and even the occasional news development.
Did you know that C.M. Punk made his debut as a WWE announcer not on Raw two weeks ago, but four days earlier on the previous week’s Superstars?
And then there’s this fact: WWE Superstars boasts the best opening theme song of any wrestling show on television, bar none.