When people think of WWE Superstars, they think of the hour-long pro wrestling show that features mid-to-low card wrestlers as well as an occasional Divas match. But it didn't necessarily started out that way.
Much like WWE Main Event (the hour-long show that features main event and upper mid-card wrestlers), WWE Superstars debuted on April 16, 2009 on WGN with great fanfare. The three matches were Cody Rhodes vs. Shane McMahon, Finlay vs. Christian, and the Undertaker vs. Matt Hardy. For WWE Superstars' first year, it wasn't unusual to see main eventers and upper mid-carders on the show.
Fast forward to 2013. WWE Superstars now airs on Hulu Plus on a weekly basis and the show mainly features the likes of such mid-carders and jobbers such as Alex Riley, Bo Dallas, Curt Hawkins, Derrick Bateman, Epico & Primo, Ezekiel Jackson, Hunico, Jey & Jimmy Uso, JTG, Justin Gabriel, Mason Ryan, Michael McGillicutty, Ted DiBiase, Tyson Kidd, Yoshi Tatsu, and Zack Ryder as well as Divas such as Aksana, Alicia Fox, Divas Champion Kaitlyn, Layla, Natalya, and Tamina Snuka.
Occasionally, the likes of 3MB, United States Champion Antonio Cesaro, Brodus Clay, Chris Jericho, Christian, Rhodes, Damien Sandow, David Otunga, Dolph Ziggler, Evan Bourne, Fandango, The Great Khali, Jack Swagger, Kofi Kingston, The Miz, Prime Time Players, R-Truth, Santino Marella, Sin Cara, Tensai, and Intercontinental Champion Wade Barrett compete on WWE Superstars once in a while but the big names such as World Heavyweight Champion Alberto Del Rio, Big Show, Brock Lesnar, CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Kane, Mark Henry, Randy Orton, Rey Mysterio, The Rock, Ryback, Sheamus, The Shield, Triple H, and The Undertaker rarely compete on the show (other than the taped recaps which have appeared more often since only two matches were taped for WWE Superstars since WWE Main Event and Saturday Morning Slam debuted last fall).
However, while WWE Superstars lacked big names, it didn't lack terrible matches. For example, the Kingston vs. Ziggler match from last year was one of the best as well as Jericho vs. Goldust from 2010. In addition, Divas matches on WWE Superstars are more entertaining than on either RAW or SmackDown. Also noteworthy are that no jobber entrances take place on WWE Superstars as well (as opposed to Raw and SmackDown where almost everyone not named Cena or Punk gets one).
But no matter what, WWE Superstars will always be in the shadow on RAW, SmackDown, WWE Main Event, and the PPVs but it will always be one of pro wrestling's most watchable shows.