ION Television Debuts 'WWE Main Event'

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June 25th, 2012

via press release:



STAMFORD, Conn., June 25, 2012 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) and ION Television today announced a new weekly one-hour original series airing on Wednesday nights at 8/7C. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3, 2012, and feature WWE Superstars and Divas from the rosters of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown. The new show will be available in 100 million U.S. television households on ION Television, a top-rated general entertainment network that features a broad mix of critically acclaimed series, movies and original programming.


“ION Television is delighted to begin a new partnership with such a successful and well-recognized franchise as WWE,” said Brandon Burgess, CEO, ION Media Networks. “As a general entertainment network with a solid foundation, WWE Main Event is a great addition to our lineup that features something for everyone. We look forward to introducing our ION audience to all of the excitement and drama WWE has to offer as well as welcoming a passionate new fan base to the network.”


“WWE looks forward to this new partnership with ION Television,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “We are excited about producing this new television show, WWE Main Event, and bringing our fans to ION Television every Wednesday.”


WWE Main Event will feature in-ring action and fit seamlessly in storylines from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, making Wednesday night appointment viewing for fans. The new series will offer a big arena experience with live audiences like current WWE weekly programs.


About WWE:

WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE programming is broadcast in more than 145 countries and 30 languages and reaches more than 600 million homes worldwide. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, London, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Istanbul and Tokyo.

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About ION Television:
ION Television is a leading U.S. general entertainment network, combining high-quality programming and dependable broadcast distribution with an attitude of innovation and growth normally associated with a cable channel. Its "Positively Entertaining" network brand positioning features a formula of proven series, an expansive catalog of blockbuster movies and a commitment to introduce new original programming. Since its recent launch in 2008, ION’s reach has grown to 100 million households and has become one of the top-15 TV rated U.S. networks in record time. For more information, visit



  • MattM

    Just what they need, another show.

  • Kaylie

    They’re just throwing away viewers. I stopped watching about 2-3 years ago. They are too overrated.

  • JJ

    more money in wwe’s coffers, syfy are paying wwe $30m a year to broadcast smackdown, obviously ION won’t be paying that kind of money but whatever they are paying is more than wwe make by having these shows on youtube or on, i hope they get a network to air the new NXT in the states

  • Harris

    Is WWE giving up on making their own television network? They shouldn’t have promoted it so much before, if they weren’t sure it was going to happen.

  • Ryan Stoppable

    This worked out *so* well when it was on Thursday nights and was called Superstars. :P

  • Columbo

    I believe Superstars was only on the WGN network which no one really has. ION is in over 100 million households.

  • Columbo

    @Harris. WWE Network is probably dead and it’s for the best.

  • Mark

    WWE already has Raw, Smackdown and Superstars which airs online. They don’t need another throwaway show that no one will watch.

  • JR

    Back in the 80s and early 90s, I loved Saturday Night’s Main Event- but I have no interest in today[‘s crop of “superstars.”

  • david

    Like somebody else this sounds like Super Stars but with a different name. I believe WGN America is available to 70 million households so this could be better for the new named show because Ion is available to alot more house holds. I do think it is good that Ion is slowly geting into original program instead of repeats.

  • William

    How is WWE dead or in decline? almost 3 mill watch smackdown on a friday night and RAW is always around 5 mill. Plus all there live events always draw.

  • ChuckieChk

    With RAW going to 3 hours in July, their 2 hour Smackdown show, monthly 3 hour pay-per-view, and 1 hour superstars, is anyone else thinking that WWE’s creative team going to burn out even faster?

  • Stephen judson

    Superstars will obviously be axed. So I don’t see why that name keeps getting thrown around. And like William said both SmackDown and Raw still drive huge viewership and are the top shows on their respective networks.

  • jose

    WWE is only in decline compared to the stratospheric heights of the Attitude Era.

    For most of pro wrestling history in America, having two hugely popular shows (Raw and Smackdown) on TV would be considered incredibly successful.

  • Duncey

    Great move for ION, despite all of the bashing that pro wrestling takes its still a ratings winner telecast and this could be great for ION which needs some type of a proven sports product that can move the needle on hopefully the network returning to original programming in the future.

    Seeing how much of an impact WWE Raw has had on USA becoming the number 1 cable network for 7 straight years probably until this year since TNT is on a role this year this proves how much The CW should’ve held onto Smackdown or found a way to get WWE back on their network.

  • Ram510

    It seems like WWE is going the overexposure route. With Raw expanding to 3 hours (hopefully its just for the summer), they have Smackdown, constant live events, I think Superstars is still around and online shows running like NXT (Tough Enough?). All that said why do they feel the need for other show

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