WWE Superstars is a now defunct Professional Wrestling television program produced by WWE that originally aired on WGN America in the United States. It debuted on April 16, 2009 and ended its domestic broadcasting on April 7, 2011. After the final domestic TV broadcast the show moved to an internet broadcast format while maintaining a traditional television broadcast in international markets. The show features WWE talent, mainly mid-carders and divas; big names such as John Cena and Randy Orton rarely appear on the show. The show also previously featured talent from the now-defunct ECW brand.
Tropes featured include:
- Affirmative Action Girl: Superstars was known as a haven for Diva fans ever since it started. As Raw and Smackdown slowly relegated the Diva matches to meaningless two-three minute slots, Superstars afforded them more time than they were usually afforded. Gail Kim said she was often living for the weeks when she'd be on Superstars - because she'd actually get to wrestle decent matches.
- All There in the Manual: As Superstars only has straight up matches and have no storylines or promos, the reason for the matches are sometimes explained by the commentators.
- B Show: WWE Superstars mainly features mid-to-low card wrestlers as well as an occasional divas match. Rarely do big names such as John Cena, Randy Orton, Triple H, The Big Show, Kane, Daniel Bryan, Sheamus, Alberto Del Rio, and CM Punk compete on the show.
- Clip Show: Sometimes replays of segments from Raw would be played on Superstars instead of matches.
- Spiritual Successor:
- Took a Level in Badass: An early 2010 match against Carlito was the first time Evan Bourne picked up a win after acting as a Jobber for so long.
- We Used to Be Friends: Melina and Gail Kim had a mini-feud that was exclusive to Superstars, where Melina screamed "you were always a horrible friend!" during a match - and they used Twitter to promote it.