WWE is going home to USA
WWE Champion John Cena and all of the other RAW Superstars are moving.
But they're all headed to a very familiar place -- the USA Network. One of WWE's most anticipated RAWs in recent memory -- WWE Homecoming -- will be taking place on Oct. 3, which is the same night that RAW returns to USA, the original home of the ground-breaking sports-entertainment show.
WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who was joined by his wife Linda and son Shane, got together with USA President Bonnie Hammer and other USA executives Thursday in New York City at The Hudson rooftop penthouse for a press conference to hype WWE's move. Stone Cold Steve Austin, John Cena, Carlito, Torrie Wilson, Big Show and others were also on hand for the event.
Several members of the mainstream media were also in attendance, including several entertainment trade publications, entertainment magazines such as Maxim, MTV Radio, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, ABCnews.com and others.
According to WWE spokesman Gary Davis, WWE is very excited to be moving back to USA.
"WWE is coming back to USA on Oct. 3, and RAW is going to be bigger and better than ever," he said. "We have a very good, positive, integrated working relationship with USA. (USA President) Bonnie Hammer has said WWE is critical to USA's future success. They have made a concerted effort to involve our Superstars in their ‘Characters Welcome' rebranding campaign. We're expecting this to be a tremendous success."
In addition to RAW being on USA every Monday night at 9 p.m. (ET), USA will be airing its first WWE special, WWE RAW-Exposed, on Sunday, Oct. 2, at 10 p.m. (ET). The one-hour special will take viewers inside WWE's most revolutionary program with a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the show's top 10 moments ever.
Also, a new one-hour program will air on Saturday mornings at 9 a.m. (ET) called WWE A.M. RAW. The show will premeire on Oct. 8. As part of the agreement to move WWE programming to NBC-Universal networks, RAW will also air in replays on Telemundo and Mun2. Telemundo will air a Spanish-language version of RAW on Sundays at 1 p.m. (ET). Mun2 will air a Spanish-language version of RAW on Sundays at 4 p.m. (ET). Both telecasts will debut on Oct. 9.
WWE is also planning Saturday night specials that will appear in the Saturday Night Live timeslot on NBC twice a year.
USA has already gone to great lengths to inform fans that WWE is on its way, and they'll continue to do so. USA has placed promos on RAW's move to USA across all NBC-Universal television properties, and will continue to do so. USA has devised a programming scheme for Monday nights that will see action-adventure movies programmed before and after RAW to capture the WWE audience.