Over the years, the WWE has produced a ton of content. We have more content than ever today, thanks to WWE having their own platform to produce so much with the WWE Network. We have everything from reality shows, prank shows, talk shows and extra wrestling content on the network. It wasn't always that easy for WWE, though.
Before the expansion to moving to Thursday nights with Smackdown and even before the weekly fixture of Monday Night RAW, the WWE had to have some content on television throughout the year to keep people invested in the product and to be persuaded to buy the pay-per-views when they came around. They had a ton of stuff from Superstars, to Saturday Night's Main Event, to Prime Time Wrestling, a precursor to Monday Night Raw.
The WWE also had no website to plug all their products, so getting extra television time was their way of advertising any products they had. Fans could then purchase products... over the phone! Remember those days?
Finally, not having so many multimedia platforms and limited promo time gave wrestlers very little opportunity to interact with fans, which is also what these shows were designed to do.
With the network around, it's very unlikely we're going to forget about new shows that pop up, as they'll be stored there forever. What about the ones that are only in our memories? Maybe repeats of these programs will pop up eventually, but for now, they're lost shows.
I watched a lot of wrestling as a kid, but even I forgot about some of these. Here are some many fans may have forgotten about.
15 15. Action Zone
14 14. Exxcess
13 13. Sunday Night Slam
We all remember WWE's recent 'Slam' program, as they introduced Saturday Morning Slam in 2012, a show that was specifically meant to appeal to kids, because what kid wouldn't like watching wrestling with a bowl of cereal on a Saturday morning?
12 12. Livewire
11 11. Friday Night's Main Event
10 10. Shotgun Saturday Night
9 9. Jakked
8 8. Metal
7 7. WWE Confidential
6 6. Velocity
When the WWE implemented the brand extension, the WWE needed an compliment to Sunday Night Heat, which was essentially a weekly show for lower-card wrestlers and would recap the week's action and preview an upcoming PPV. Velocity began to be used exclusively for SmackDown wrestlers and followed the cancellation of Jakked/Metal. Velocity eventually was pulled from Spike and streamed on WWE.com. Perhaps the show's all-time highlight in hindsight is John Cena wrestling Bryan Danielson on the August 2nd, 2003 episode.
5 5. WCW Main Event
I'm sure many of us can rember The Main Event, which was one of WWE's many shows, but WCW actually had their own Main Event show, which aired between 1988 and 1998. It was a weekly one hour show airing on Sunday evenings on TBS. Remember, it was very easy for Ted Turner to put a 'rasslin show whatever slot he wanted. Eventually the show, would add to their main event caliber match, by re-airing matches from various programs throughout that week. On PPV Sundays, the show would air live from the venue and feature stars who were left off the main card.
4 4. Mania
3 3. WCW Prime
2 2. Tuesday Night Titans
Tuesday Night Titans was a show that aired briefly in the mid-80s. The show was unique in a wrestling sense, as it essentially was meant to poke fun at other late-night talk shows. It was hosted by Vince McMahon and Lord Alfred Hayes and they would perform interviews with wrestlers in full character while also performing some skits. This was a great way of displaying the larger than life characters the WWE had back in the 80s. The WWE has brought some of these episodes to the WWE Network. Here's to hoping they add more.
1 1. Championship Wrestling
WWWF (later WWF) Championship Wrestling was the show that paved the way for future shows to pop up. It deserves to be the no.1 entry because of the way it opened the door for so many weekly shows to eventually pop up. The show ran from 1978 to 1986 and had everything from championship matches, to interviews, to building storylines. It was the first WWE program run on national broadcast television and was taped in small arenas, like the Allentown Agricultural Hall in Allentown PA and the Mid Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepie, NY. The show's opening theme was none other than Michael Jackson's Thriller. Many historical moments happened on this show, including Bruno Sammartino announcing his retirement and Hulk Hogan returning to the company after a stint in AWA.
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