WWE Experience - Netflix
WWE Experience is a American television program produced by WWE which mainly recaps events taking place on Raw and SmackDown. The show ran from May 2004 until September 2005 in the US, broadcasting 64 episodes domestically before its cancellation. The show continues to run in international markets, with it being televised in Canada and Mexico, as well as in Asian and in some African countries. The show was originally broadcast by Spike TV and was aired Sunday mornings at 10 A.M. The original hosts were Todd Grisham and Ivory, with the setting of the show being outdoors and usually around New York City. The PG-rated show was aimed at younger viewers and it summarized the events of Raw and Smackdown. The program marked the return of WWE programming to Sunday mornings since the cancellation of WWF Superstars of Wrestling in May 2001.
Runtime: 60 minutes
WWE Experience - WWE Universal Championship - Netflix
“WWE Raw Championship” redirects here. For the former world championships on Raw, see WWE Championship or World Heavyweight Championship (WWE) The WWE Universal Championship is a world heavyweight championship created and promoted by the American professional wrestling promotion WWE on the Raw brand. It is one of two world titles in the WWE, alongside the WWE Championship on the SmackDown brand. The current champion is Brock Lesnar, who is in his first reign and is the longest reigning champion. Named in honor of the WWE Universe, the championship was established on July 25, 2016 to be the world championship of the Raw brand. Its creation came as a result of the re-introduction of the brand split and subsequent draft on July 19, 2016 in which the WWE Championship, the promotion's original world title, became exclusive to SmackDown. The inaugural Universal Champion was Finn Bálor. Since its inception, matches for the championship have headlined several pay-per-view events, including SummerSlam 2017 and WrestleMania 34.
WWE Experience - Reception - Netflix
The Universal Championship design was heavily criticized. Jason Powell of Pro Wrestling Dot Net referred to it as “a title belt that no one likes”. Adam Silverstein of CBS Sports described it as “ugly” while the live SummerSlam audience in Brooklyn, New York gave derisive chants, including “This belt sucks”, an assessment with which New England Sports Network reporters agreed. That site's Ricky Doyle wrote that the crowd response turned what should have been a “landmark moment for the company” into an “awkward experience”. Mike Johnson of Pro Wrestling Insider felt the title looked like a “xerox” of the WWE Championship and did not blame the audience for reacting negatively. The design was also unpopular with online wrestling fans. WWE employees responded in the aftermath of the title's debut. Seth Rollins chastised the SummerSlam crowd's reaction, writing on Twitter: “More important than a title's appearance is what it represents for the men fighting over it. You really let me down tonight, Brooklyn”. While acknowledging that he himself might have chosen a different belt design, Mick Foley echoed Rollins's response in a lengthy Facebook post. He recalled being presented with the WWF Hardcore Championship, a title belt made of broken metal pieces held together by duct tape, which challengers “made [...] mean something by busting [their] asses”. In a kayfabe promo on the following episode of Raw, the then-villainous Rollins called the championship belt “beautiful”. Later in 2016, Jim Vorel of Paste ranked the title as the worst of nine then contested in WWE, noting its “obnoxious” design. On the other hand, Nick Schwartz of Fox Sports wrote: “It's really not as bad as fans made it seem at SummerSlam. It's fine”.
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