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WWE’s Massive Viewership For Weekly Shows & PPVs In India Revealed

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• OLD SCHOOL VIDEO HISTORY (February 1, 1992) – WCW Worldwide

On this day in 1992, Ted Turner’s World Championship Wrestling aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WCW Worldwide’.

This episode was pre-taped at the Municipal Auditorium in Columbus, Georgia and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WCW SuperBrawl II’ PPV.

The card of the show can be found here:

– Sting vs. The Medic

– Rick & Scott Steiner vs. Chris Sullivan & John Peterson

– Rick Rude vs. Brad Armstrong

– Big Van Vader, Taylor Made Man & Cactus Jack vs. Ron Simmons, Van Hammer & El Gigante

• WWE’s Massive Viewership For Weekly Shows & PPVs In India Revealed

During a recent interview with Times New Now, WWE’s Director of Talent Development Canyon Ceman talked about WWE’s upcoming tryout in India in March, WWE’s huge fanbase in India, RAW/SmackDown & WrestleMania viewership (it should be noted even PPVs are aired for free & live in India) & more.

Below are the highlights:

On why WWE chose India for tryouts in 2019:

“2019 is really important to WWE for long-term India plans. This is the year where our next TV deal will be renewed and negotiated. We have four talent in the pipelines who are progressing well but we want to get more depth because we want out Indian talent pipeline to be the most robust of any our international markets. We want to serve this passionate fan base with localized content.

89 million Indians watched WrestleMania, 50 million watch RAW and SmackDown every week, 25 million watches Sunday Dhamaal and we know that audience needs to be super served with localized content and athletes.”

On how many wrestlers will be taken for these tryouts:

“There is no specific goal or answer to that question. We are targeting 70 athletes for the tryouts and from those 70 we could hire 2-5. Those will be the most deserving of a WWE Performance Center opportunity and a main-roster material.

But we could also hire a larger number like 10-15 for our long-term plans. They could go the UK Performance Center and even an India Performance center. That’s not an announcement but definitely a long-term plan.”

On which Indian wrestler could be called up to the WWE main roster soon:

“I am not going to pick a favourite. We have four talents at the Performance Centre right now because we believe in all of them. I like the chances of Kavita Devi because she is the first and only Indian woman in the WWE. She has also had good performances in the Mae Young Classic and WrestleMania.

On the other hand, Jeet Rama has been there the longest and has the most sophisticated skill-set but he needs to find the right performance-energy and consistency. Then Saurav Gurjar and Rinku Singh have the least experience in the program but in my opinion the highest potential because of their natural athleticism and charisma.”

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