If you’re a longtime fan of WWE, and especially if you grew up watching WWF Superstars, you might miss the old “studio shows,” in which half the episode is just someone at a desk or in front of a green screen telling you about a show you already watched. It looks like that concept’s finally coming back, with modern updates, thanks to Triple H.
WWE’s messed around with the idea of analyst shows and SportsCenter type recaps of the week in WWE before, but they’re going big this time. On today’s episode of First Things First, Triple H announced an all new weekly WWE studio show on FS1 this fall to coincide with Smackdown Live’s move to Fox. The announcement also fits neatly with the rumors that Fox is planning major changes to Smackdown, including focusing more on the show as a sports presentation, and that their investment is bringing them more than just the blue brand.
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“Because of the sports-entertainment aspect of it, it’s an analyst show where you’re talking about the athletic component of it, it’s also an entertainment … where you’re talking about where things are going and the storylines and the characters and all of it. This is going to be one of those shows that if you are a WWE fan, across the board, this is the show that will be can’t miss, because it’s going to talk about everything you love in a way you can’t get any place else.”
They go on to compare it to “message boards,” which makes me ask … you guys need a different dopey white guy everyone hates to replace the NXT pre-show analysts for this? Because I’m definitely available to talk about Jinder Mahal’s workrate to a depressing level on cable television, at length. At depressing, depressing length.