WWE Announces New TV Programming, Drops Excess & Jakked
Posted By Ashish on 05.08.02
The WWE sent out the following release today announcing the addition of new WWE shows called Bottom Line, Velocity, After Burn, and Confidential. The press release reads as follows:
World Wrestling Entertainment Unveils New Program Lineup; New Lineup To Complete Recent WWE Raw and WWE SmackDown! Brand Extension
STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 8, 2002--Building upon the brand extension announced in March, World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) unveiled its new program lineup beginning May 24.
The programming changes are designed to further develop the individual identities of the WWE Raw(R) and WWE SmackDown!(TM) brands.
The Superstars of WWE Raw(R), which airs on TNN/Monday, 9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET, will be featured in two programs - WWE Sunday Night Heat(R) and WWE Bottom Line(TM), while the Superstars of WWE SmackDown!(TM), which airs on UPN/Thursday, 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. ET will be featured on two shows - WWE Velocity(TM) and WWE After Burn(TM). The company has also developed a new Saturday night program called WWE Confidential(TM) that will feature the overall World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) brand.
"This new Line(TM) up better reflects our brand extension, and will further define the WWE Raw(R) and WWE SmackDown!(TM) brands, as well as advancing and reinforcing storylines and our Superstars," said Linda McMahon, CEO of WWE(TM).
In support of the WWE Raw(R) brand, the company has unveiled the following program changes:
WWE Sunday Night Heat(R) (Debuts on Sunday May 26, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET on MTV) is hosted by Raven(TM) and The Coach(TM) and brings you the hottest mat action and interviews that Ric Flair(TM)'s WWE Raw(R) has to offer! A 60 minute live event show featuring the hottest WWE(TM) Superstars such as Stone Cold Steve Austin(TM), Undertaker(R), Rob Van Dam(TM), Kane(TM), Ric Flair(TM) and many more. Once a month WWE Sunday Night Heat(R) comes to you live from the site of WWE(TM) Pay Per View Spectaculars where Raven(TM) and The Coach(TM) bring to you last minute details and behind the scenes information from backstage.
WWE Bottom Line(TM) (debuts in syndication on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25, check local listings) delivers highlights and exclusives for WWE Raw(R). This magazine format show will analyze what went down on WWE Raw(R) and WWE Sunday Night Heat(R) as well as showcase WWE Raw(R) Superstars like you've never seen them before.
WWE Velocity(TM) (debuts Saturday, May 25, 10:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. ET on TNN) is a brand new one hour live event show featuring the talent of Vince McMahon's WWE SmackDown!(TM). Formerly the first hour of WWE Excess(TM), WWE Velocity(TM) will showcase original matches and highlights from Superstars such as The Rock(R), Hollywood Hulk Hogan(TM), Kurt Angle(TM), Edge(TM), Chris Jericho(TM) and many others. This unique one hour live event show will be hosted each week by the newest addition to the television roster Marc Loyd and WWE Tough Enough(TM) trainer Al Snow(TM).
WWE After Burn(TM) (debuts in syndication on Saturday and Sunday, May 25 and 26, check local listings) will break down the week that was for the WWE SmackDown!(TM) Brand. WWE After Burn(TM) will highlight matches and interviews from WWE SmackDown!(TM) and WWE Velocity(TM) as well as peeking behind the scenes with WWE SmackDown!(TM) Superstars as they invade the entertainment world.
WWE Confidential(TM) (debuts Saturday, May 25, 11:00 p.m. - Midnight ET on TNN) is a weekly magazine-style program that will give World Wrestling fans an up-close look at World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) and its past and present Superstars, both in and out of the ring. WWE Confidential(TM), which airs in the timeslot previously belonging to the second hour of WWE Excess(TM), is scheduled to feature episodes that showcase all aspects of a particular Superstar, including a "Day in the Life" of a World Wrestling Entertainment Superstar and historical perspectives on classic World Wrestling Entertainment(TM) matches and events.
World Wrestling Entertainment is a media and entertainment company headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in Chicago, New York, Toronto and London. Additional information on the company can be found at WWE.com and WWEcorpbiz.com.
Forward-Looking Statements: This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include the conditions of the markets for live events, broadcast television, cable television, pay-per-view, Internet, food and beverage, entertainment, professional sports, and licensed merchandise; acceptance of the Company's brands, media and merchandise within those markets; the outcome of certain litigation, and other risks and factors identified in the Company's documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated.
Sunday Night Heat (RAW) -> Sunday Night Heat! Bottom Line (RAW) -> Metal? After Burn (SD!) -> Jakked? Velocity (SD!) -> Excess Confidental (RAW) -> Excess Late Night (aka Hour 2)
Right now, Metal's always mentioned as "this weekend" and Jakked is "Saturday", and neither Fri-Sat, Sat-Sun, so it's not clear which will be which - knowing the WWF, we've got better odds finding out reading the listings than getting word in advance.
Behind The Scenes feature -> more video packages to kill time?
Weird that Velocity is promoted as having exclusive matches and Confidental is not. I think it's "we're concerned Smackdown isn't getting the same exposure as RAW" but then it looks like they're taking away from SD! by giving Metal to Bottom Line.
Though, I've long complained about pointlessness of Metal and Jakked airing the exact same stuff (just in a different order) so having them rep different groups would finnaly take care of that.
all in all, some GREAT changes that actually MAKE SENSE.
WWER gets Raw and Heat with a recap show called Bottom Line in syndication.
WWES gets Smackdown and Velocity (Sat 10 pm, TNN) with a recap show called After Burn in syndication.
WWE has a WWF Superstars/From the Vault style show called Confidential (Sat 11 pm, TNN).
This is a GOOD direction for the company. All they need now are better names than Raw and Smackdown for the two brands (with abbreviations that will supercede WWE and don't look like radio call letters).
Velocity sounds like a great show on which to highlight cruisers.
You think the RAW recap show was named Bottom Line to appease Stone Cold's jealosy over the name Smackdown?
Well, that explains all those weird names in the new opening teaser last night... but I really don't like some of the new names.
After Burn -- Lame, lame, lame, lame... Bottom Line -- Bastard child of Steve Austin Confidential -- Good, but the show it's replacing (Excess) was better named... Velocity -- Best one of the new bunch.
If I were them, I'd only use Confidential (Full recap) and Velocity (SD B-show), make Excess the Raw recap show and Jakked the SD recap show...
CRZ NOTABLE QUOTABLE OF THE MONTH: KANE: Triple H...tonight, I will burn the flesh from your body! MICHAEL COLE: OH MY GOD. KANE THREATENING TRIPLE H, SAYING HE'S GONNA BURN THE FLESH FROM HIS BODY! CRZ: Umm, I heard it the FIRST time! -- WWF Smackdown, 9/9/99
I'm just gald I'll be able to see the less appreciated members of the Smackdown crew now. I get Jakked, but it's on too damn late and I don't bother taping it. Finally, I'll be able to see Hugh Morrus do more than just place bets on Smackdown!
"You better get his ass outta here before I get up"- Undertaker
Well, I haven't seen any of the Smackdown crew since the split, outside of the first hour recap on Excess, which I've seen all of once post-split. With all the "fun" going on with the WWF at this point, it's at least nice to have something to look forward to.
Velocity sounds like Shotgun prior from the days where RAW was the only other show, so I'm looking forward to that. And if Confidential shows "classic matches" in full, it might become a must-tape block of programming.
"Hello, my name is Philo and welcome to Secrets of the Universe. Today we are going to learn how to make plutonium from common household items."
Well, now I have the answer to the question I asked early Tuesday morning (the thread is somewhere on the Wrestling board). I hope they invest a little more money on the logos - Velocity has a good logo, Bottomline is OK, but the logos for Afterburn and Confidential (at least the logos visible in the 4x4 grid) are really low-budget in appearance.
I'm going twenty-four hours a day...I can't seem to stop - "Turn Up The Radio", Autograph
Showcasing Raw superstars sounds like those bio things they used to do, like when they'd show Jeff Hardy building the giant volcano in his backyard. But that also sounds like the description of the second half hour of what used to be Excess and is now...Confidential, I think. So Bottom Line and After Burn sound like the old weekend morning shows they axed for Excess (Livewire and Superstars? How quickly my memory fades). In fact, didn't Superstars always get the "WWF guys at movie openings/Rock pretending to hang out with Delta Burke and David Allen Grier on the set of 'DAG'" stuff that Livewire didn't? Sounds like they're breaking it up that way again.
I wonder why they took two shows vaguely related names (Velocity and After Burn) and didn't match them up, maybe making the show called "Bottom Line" into "Velocity" so each Brand has its own highlight show with a jet theme.
Originally posted by The Shamall in all, some GREAT changes that actually MAKE SENSE. This is a GOOD direction for the company. All they need now are better names than Raw and Smackdown for the two brands (with abbreviations that will supercede WWE and don't look like radio call letters).
Sounds like a plan:
RCW - Raw Championship Wrestling and SWF - Smackdown! Wrestling Federation
R.A.W. - Raw American Wrestling and N.S!F. - National Smackdown! Federation
I'm only kind of kidding. It would be silly, but it would still be an improvement over "WWE".
"I tear my quadracep all the time! I tore it this morning, I'm fine!"-- Kurt Angle
I'd really like to see the SmackDown main event be Angle vs Edge vs Benoit vs Rey. Edge and Benoit could work together before the match, but get into a fight during it, and lead to a face-face feud that would take them through WrestleMania.