WWE has announced a Superstar Spectacle special for the Indian audience. It will be airing on the Republic Day in the country as part of their strategy to expand its operations in India.
Superstar Spectacle will be taped at WWE Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida at around 21 January. The event is scheduled to air on Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 3 on the Indian Republic Day on Tuesday, January 26 at 8 PM local time.
The Superstar Spectacle is expected to be 90 minutes to two-hour-long show and it will features commentaries in both English and Hindi languages.
The previous plans were for the show to be taped across several days and edit it together to make one show but it’s now expected to be taped in one day.
The local advertising for the Superstar Spectacle is built around the Indian stars of the WWE roster including names such as Jinder Mahal, NXT star Kavita Devi and tag teams Indus Sher and The Bollywood Boys.
The show is expected to feature a number of Indian NXT trainees as well and the company has filed a trademark for names Giant Zanjeer, Dilsher Shanky and Guru Raaj for their Indian recruits.
WWE has confirmed the upcoming special with a official announcement on their website and provided some more detail on the show:
“WWE Superstar Spectacle, an unprecedented two-hour television special event for India featuring WWE‘s Indian performers alongside Superstars from Raw, SmackDown and NXT, will premiere exclusively on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3 and Sony MAX on India’s Republic Day, Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. IST, with commentary available in both English and Hindi.
The unique showcase of Indian-inspired action will emanate from the state-of-the-art WWE ThunderDome and incorporate stunning elements of traditional and contemporary Indian culture among epic matches featuring WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, Bayley, The New Day, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, SmackDown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, Natalya, Ricochet and many more plus an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
“We love the passion and support from the huge WWE Universe in India, so we’ve teamed up with SPN, the exclusive home of WWE in India, to surprise our fans with an incredible event to kick off 2021,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development. “WWE Superstar Spectacle will be an epic event with electrifying matches featuring some of the biggest names in WWE along with our incredible Indian performers, plus thrilling and authentic Indian-inspired entertainment.”
“WWE has consistently featured among the top watched sports properties in India over the years,” said Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India. “We are excited about presenting WWE Superstar Spectacle to WWE fans and viewers in India on Republic Day which will showcase and celebrate the best of the next generation Indian talent in WWE.”
- WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal, the first WWE Champion of Indian descent.
- The Bollywood Boyz, WWE Superstars Samir and Sunil Singh.
- The first all-Indian tag team in WWE, Indus Sher, featuring Rinku and Saurav.
- NXT Superstar Jeet Rama.
- Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman to sign a WWE contract.
- The Great Khali trainees Giant Zanjeer (7ft 2in, 340 pounds) and Dilsher Shanky (7ft, 310 pounds).
- Guru Raaj, the first Indian-born high-flyer in WWE.
The arrival of WWE Superstar Spectacle comes at a time when WWE‘s popularity in India continues to increase. WWE is one of the most-watched sports properties in India, and India ranks No. 1 for WWE YouTube consumption and No. 1 in WWE Facebook followers. In addition, WWE has been actively recruiting elite athletes and performers from the country. In 2019, WWE hosted its largest tryout in history, where more than 70 top athletes from India showcased their abilities in Mumbai and four Indian recruits were selected to train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, U.S.