WWE posted the following:
WWE® AND SONY PICTURES NETWORK INDIA ANNOUNCE WWE SUPERSTAR SHOW
MUMBAI, India & STAMFORD, Connecticut, January 13, 2021 – WWE Superstar Show, an unprecedented two-hour televised special event for India featuring Indian WWE performers alongside Superstars from Raw®, SmackDown® and NXT®, will be presented exclusively on Sony Ten 1, Sony Ten 3 and Sony MAX on Tuesday India Republic Day, January 26 at 8 p.m. IST, with commentary available in English and Hindi.
Unique showcase of Indian-inspired action will emanate from the state-of-the-art WWE ThunderDome and incorporate stunning elements of traditional and contemporary Indian culture among epic matches featuring WWE Champion Drew McIntyre® and WWE Superstars , including Rey Mysterio®, Charlotte Flair®, AJ Styles®, Bayley®, The New Day®, Shinsuke Nakamura®, Cesaro®, Dolph Ziggler®, Robert Roode®, Ricochet® and many more, as well as an appearance of the WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair®.
“We love the passion and support of the huge world of WWE in India, so we have teamed up with SPN, the exclusive home of WWE in India, to surprise our fans with an incredible kickoff event. 2021, ”said Paul“ Triple H ”Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Strategy and Global Talent Development. “WWE Superstar Show will be an epic event with electrifying matches featuring some of WWE’s biggest names with our amazing Indian performers, as well as exciting and authentic Indian inspired entertainment.”
“WWE has consistently been one of the most viewed sports properties in India over the years,” said Rajesh Kaul, director of revenue, distribution and director of sports activities, Sony Pictures Networks India. “We are delighted to bring WWE Superstar Show to WWE fans and viewers in India on Republic Day, which will showcase and celebrate the best of next generation Indian talent in WWE.
With the matches announced in the coming weeks, WWE fans can expect to see appearances from 10 Indian WWE talents, including:
WWE Superstar Jinder Mahal, the first WWE Champion of Indian descent.
The Bollywood Boyz, WWE Superstars Samir and Sunil Singh.
WWE’s first all-Indian tag team, Indus Sher, featuring Rinku and Saurav.
NXT Superstar Jeet Rama.
Kavita Devi, the first Indian woman to sign a contract with WWE.
Trainees Great Khali Giant Zanjeer (7ft 2in, 340lb) and Dilsher Shanky (7ft, 310lb).
Guru Raaj, WWE’s first India-born high-flyer.
The arrival of WWE Superstar Show comes at a time when WWE’s popularity in India continues to rise. WWE is one of the most viewed sports properties in India, and India ranks # 1 for WWE Consumption on YouTube and # 1 for WWE Facebook Followers. Additionally, WWE is actively recruiting elite athletes and performers from across the country. In 2019, WWE hosted its largest ever trial, where more than 70 top Indian athletes showcased their skills in Mumbai and four Indian rookies were selected to train at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, United States.
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and a recognized leader in global entertainment. The company is made up of a portfolio of companies that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to providing family entertainment on its television programs, pay-per-view channels, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE TV-PG family programming is broadcast to over 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the world’s first 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a huge video-on-demand library, is currently available in over 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
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About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN) is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation, Japan.
SPN has several channels including Sony Entertainment Television (SET and SET HD), one of India’s leading general Hindi entertainment television channels; MAX, India’s premium Hindi movies and special events channel; MAX 2, another Hindi cinema channel featuring great Indian cinema; MAX HD, a high-definition Hindi movie channel showing premium quality movies; WAH, the FTA channel for Hindi movies; SAB and SAB HD, Hindi humorous entertainment channels for families; PAL, a genre leader in rural Hindi-speaking (HSM) markets showcasing the best of general entertainment and Hindi movies from SPN’s content library; PIX and PIX HD, Sony TBEN Earth and Sony TBEN Earth HD, premium factual entertainment channels, Sony AATH, Bangla entertainment channel; YAY !, the children’s entertainment channel; sports entertainment channels – SONY SIX, SONY SIX HD, SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 1 HD, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 2 HD, SONY TEN 3, SONY TEN 3 HD; Sony मराठी, the general entertainment channel Marathi; SonyLIV – the digital VOD entertainment platform; SPN Productions, the film production arm of Networks and Studio NEXT, the independent production company of original content and IP addresses for television and digital media. SPN reaches over 700 million viewers in India and is available in 167 countries.
The network is recognized as an employer of choice within and outside the media industry. SPN is the recipient of several awards including Best Indian Companies to Work for 2020 by the Great Place to Work® Institute, India, the “ Aon Best Employers India ” awards in recognition of SPN’s unique work culture and best practices outstanding in terms of people, consistently ranking among Top 10 companies with best practices in health and wellness by SHRM & CGP Partners and listed by Working Mother & AVTAR as one of the top 100 companies for women in India.
Sony Pictures Networks India Private Limited is in its 25th year of operation in India. It has a subsidiary, MSM-Worldwide Factual Media Private Limited and a subsidiary, Bangla Entertainment Private Limited in India.
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