WWE Superstars is no more.
First reported by WrestlingInc early on Monday, there were no matches taped for Superstars prior to RAW, and there was no show listed for this Friday on WWE Network, which is where the show has resided since the launch of the streaming service. The lack of matches taped for that week's show seemed to indicate its future was in doubt, at least temporarily. Late Monday night (and as mentioned in today’s Rumor Roundup), PWInsider confirmed its fate: Superstars is no more, as WWE will put its focus into its new show, 205 Live.
Main Event, which taped prior to Smackdown, will now tape on Monday nights. 205 Live, WWE's new cruiserweight show, will air live following Smackdown on Tuesdays.
Originally called WWF Superstars of Wrestling, WWF Superstars was the company's flagship show from its debut in September 1986 until the debut of Monday Night RAW in January 1993. The show ran in syndication for 526 episodes over ten years before moving to its cable home, the USA Network, where it eventually became a highlight/magazine show. The original incarnation ended in August 2001 on TNN (known today as Spike TV).
The show was reborn in April 2009 as WWE Superstars, and aired one match each from the company's active brands (RAW, Smackdown, ECW), while mixing in highlights of the week's shows, usually RAW.
The show aired on WGN America for two years before the network decided to let the TV rights go without renewing. It aired exclusively on WWE's website in the United States until moving to Hulu Plus in 2012. While it would remain there for the remainder of its run, the show ran weekly on WWE Network when it launched in February 2014. The entire time, the show ran in syndication internationally. The series ends with 398 episodes of the reboot.
Are you shedding a tear for the end of Superstars? Got any favorite moments from the reboot?