The WWE and ION Television, a general entertainment network that reaches 99 million U.S. homes, have announced a partnership that will see a newly-created television program, WWE Main Event, air on Wednesday nights.
The show will debut on October 3rd of this year. It will feature WWE Superstars and Divas from both the WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown! brands (which air on USA and Syfy, respectively).
“WWE looks forward to this new partnership with ION Television,” said WWE Chairman Vince McMahon in an official statement. “We are excited about producing this new television show, WWE Main Event, and bringing our fans to ION Television every Wednesday.”
The announcement has been met with mostly positive reactions in the wrestling world, but some fans have expressed concern that the new show will dilute the WWE brand. Raw recently went from two hours to three hours, which seemed excessive at the time. That is nothing compared to the prospect of an all-new show every Wednesday night.
The WWE asks a lot of its wrestlers. The business is a grind and working regularly can take a serious toll on a wrestler’s body. Let’s hope that McMahon and the WWE team have a plan for introducing a bunch of new superstars–or at least featuring young guys already on the roster–to take the pressure off of the current roster.