Nickelodeon teams up with WWE to air 'WWE Slam City' on Nicktoons' 'NickSports' TV block
WWE and Nickelodeon today announced that WWE Slam City, WWE's kids property that includes an original animated short-form series, will debut tomorrow night during the NickSports programming block from 9-11 p.m ET on Nicktoons. The 26-episode series is comprised of two-minute shorts featuring WWE Superstars John Cena, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Miz, Rey Mysterio, Kane and Mark Henry in a new animated world. The NickSports block airs every Wednesday from 9-11 p.m. ET on Nicktoons and features a rotating lineup of sports-themed content including series, specials and documentaries from leagues and key athletes, as well as acquired theatrical movies
WWE Slam City, filmed in the next generation of stop-motion animation, features a new WWE animated character, The Finisher, who fires all of the WWE Superstars and sends them to WWE Slam City to find day jobs. With John Cena as an auto mechanic, Randy Orton as a zookeeper and Sheamus as a theater usher, these Superstars stay true to their WWE personas as they face life outside of the ring with new career challenges.
"This exciting partnership will allow us to bring WWE’s passionate fan base to the NickSports programming block while also creating new WWE fans through Nickelodeon’s massive audience. WWE programming reaches 3 million kids each week and we're sure they'll be excited to watch WWE on Nicktoons," said Michelle D. Wilson, Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer, WWE. "
"True to the spirit of the NickSports programming block, WWE Slam City offers kids and their families a fun, fresh way to experience these exciting WWE Superstars, and the series is a great complement to our diverse, and ever expanding, sports lineup," said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr.
WWE Slam City is a key component of WWE’s larger strategy to expand its reach to kids. In 2013, WWE’s national TV programming reached nearly 3 million kids each week, representing more than 20 percent of WWE’s average weekly TV audience. WWE also reaches kids through the No. 2 action figure property in the U.S., WWE Studios productions of "The Flintstones," "Scooby-Doo WrestleMania Mystery" and "Christmas Bounty," as well as partnerships with Mattel, Kraft Foods, Frito-Lay, Post Foods and MilkPEP. In addition, WWE supports programs that positively impact children and families around the world, including a 30-plus year relationship with Make-A-Wish as well as various literacy, education, anti-bullying and military initiatives.
Since its launch earlier this year, WWE Slam City has secured nearly 20 million views across a variety of platforms including WWESlamCity.com, Cartoonium, WWE Network, Hulu, Kabillion, Nintendo and AOL.