McMahon may be failing to get his WWE Network off the ground but he's got another show on network television.
Are three hours of Monday Night Raw and two hours of Friday Night Smackdown not enough prime time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) for you?
Then you're in luck.
That's because ION TV is hooking up with WWE to produce yet another show. Deadline.com has the details:
ION Television has teamed with WWE for a new weekly one-hour original series. WWE Main Event will debut on October 3 and will air on Wednesday nights at 8 PM. It will feature WWE stars from the rosters of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown, feature in-ring action and fit in storylines from Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
The good news here is that this means WWE is back on network television. The bad news is that ION isn't exactly an industry leader. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) used the network to broadcast preliminary card fights last year and were met with minimal gains.
The idea here is to replace the time they lost when Superstars and NXT were taken off WGN and SyFy. It's likely that this show will be taped before Raw while Superstars will be taped before Smackdown now that the new NXT is taping separately down at Full Sail University.
There's potential for a good show here but if it's treated second rate and avoided by the bigger stars, the fans will quickly follow suit and disregard it altogether. Stay tuned for that.
The other issue that comes to mind is what this means for the WWE Network. Perhaps it won't get off the ground after all, seeing as this show isn't even slated to debut until Oct. 3 and the Network was supposed to launch late this year. With problems cutting distribution deals, it's safe to assume it may not ever come to fruition. And that might not be such a bad thing.
It's not like we're short on pro wrestling content throughout the week now.