WWE Superstars is a professional wrestling television program produced by WWE that originally aired on WGN America in the United States. It debuted on April 16, 2009 and ended its domestic broadcasting on April 7, 2011. 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 features mid-to-low card WWE superstars and divas, in a format similar to the former show WWE Heat which served the same purpose. Big names such as John Cena and Randy Orton previously appeared on the show at its beginning. The show also previously featured talent from the now-defunct ECW brand.
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 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.
On March 17, 2011, 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. 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 and again from October 6, 2011 to September 13, 2012. The show is still in production for international broadcasting.
Past episodes of WWE Superstars are now viewable on the video streaming website Hulu Plus and WWE Network along with episodes of SmackDown and ECW.The theme song for WWE Superstars is “New Day Coming” by CFO$ featuring Todd Clark, which replaced “Invincible” by Adelitas Way on May 17, 2013. WWE Superstars currently uses the same universal WWE entrance set that is also currently used for WWE’s other primary television programs Raw, and SmackDown. 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 events on Mondays and are then aired Thursdays during Superstars.
After August 29, 2011, all WWE programming became “supershows”, featuring the entire roster. vSince November 2, 2012, only one broadcast team works the whole show.
The list of wrestlers in the WWE video game series started with WWF SmackDown!. Every game in the WWE SmackDown vs. Raw series includes a roster of “superstars” and “Divas” based on superstars who compete for WWE. Every year, WWE acquires new superstars and releases old superstars. As a result, every time a WWE SmackDown vs. Raw game is released, the new superstars are added into the game and the old released superstars are removed from the game to reflect the changes in the actual WWE. From the release of WWF SmackDown! to the release of WWF SmackDown! Just Bring It, superstars were not divided into brands. In 2002, the WWE split its entire roster into two brands of wrestling, called Raw and SmackDown!, which were named after WWE’s television shows.