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WWE TAPING SUPERSTAR SPECTACLE THIS WEEK, SPECIAL TO AIR NEXT WEEK ON MAJOR HOLIDAY IN INDIA

By Mike Johnson on 2021-01-18 13:40:00

The WWE Superstar Spectacle will be taped at the WWE Capitol Wresting Center this week (we are told there will be technical reherarsals over several days before they officially tape on Friday 1/22) in Orlando, Florida.  There had been plans to tape the show across several days and edit together, but it is now scheduled to be produced live to tape.  

The two-hour special will feature both English and Hindi language broadcasts on Sony TEN 1 and Sony TEN 3, airing on Indian Republic Day, Tuesday 1/26 (a national holiday that celebrates the country's constitution going into effect on 1/26/50, leading to India becoming its own country) at 8 PM local time in India,.  It is expected, but has not yet been announced, that the special will air Stateside on the WWE Network.

Local advertising on Sony is built around WWE's Indian stars, including Jinder Mahal, NXT recruit Kavita Devi and tag teams Indus Sher and The Bollywood Boys.  

WWE announced last week that the following talents from India will also take part:

  • NXT Superstar Jeet Rama.
  • The Great Khali trainees Giant Zanjeer (7ft 2in, 340 pounds) and Dilsher Shanky (7ft, 310 pounds). 
  • Guru Raaj, the first Indian-born high-flyer in WWE.

One would think that the company would also somehow involve Khali (who currently lives in India and is a huge celebrity there) in some fashion, possibly a cameo appearance on video.

WWE also announced last week that WWE Champion Drew McIntyre, Rey Mysterio, WWE Women's Tag Team Champion Charlotte Flair, AJ Styles, Bayley, The New Day, Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, Smackdown Tag Team Champions Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, Natalya, Ricochet, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and more will be appearing.  There is no word whether McIntyre will be medically cleared in time for the taping as of this writing.

During the October 2020 WWE quarterly conference call with financial investors, WWE's Nick Khan announced the company was working on a 2021 event in partnership with Sony featuring local Indian talents that will air there and be distributed here in the United States and at the time, they were working on the "right talents and right structure" for the event.

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