WWE officially announced the Superstar Spectacle show for India, a two-hour television special event featuring WWE’s Indian performers alongside Superstars from Raw, SmackDown, and NXT. It will premiere exclusively on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3 and Sony MAX on India’s Republic Day, Tuesday, January 26 at 8PM IST, with commentary available in both English and Hindi.
Instead of the Capitol Wrestling Center, Superstar Spectacle will be taped from the WWE Thunderdome and will feature WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, Bayley, The New Day, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler, Robert Roode, Ricochet, and others plus an appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
“We love the passion and support from the huge WWE Universe in India so we’ve teamed up with SPN, the exclusive home of WWE in India, to surprise our fans with an incredible event to kick off 2021,” said Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Global Talent Strategy & Development. “WWE Superstar Spectacle will be an epic event with electrifying matches featuring some of the biggest names in WWE along with our incredible Indian performers, plus thrilling and authentic Indian-inspired entertainment.”
The talent from India set to be part of the show include Jinder Mahal, The Bollywood Boyz, Indus Sher, Jeet Rama, Kavita Devi, Giant Zanjeer and Dilsher Shanky, and Guru Raaj. Matches will be announced in the next few days.
“WWE has consistently featured among the top watched sports properties in India over the years,” said Rajesh Kaul, Chief Revenue Officer, Distribution and Head – Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India. “We are excited about presenting WWE Superstar Spectacle to WWE fans and viewers in India on Republic Day which will showcase and celebrate the best of the next generation Indian talent in WWE.”
WWE is one of the most-watched sports properties in India, and India ranks #1 for WWE YouTube consumption and #1 in WWE Facebook followers. In addition, WWE has been actively recruiting elite athletes and performers from the country. In 2019, WWE hosted its largest tryout in history, where more than 70 top athletes from India showcased their abilities in Mumbai and four Indian recruits were selected to train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
The show was originally going to be a tournament among the Indian talent under the new NXT India brand but that has been apparently pushed back for the time being.