WWE and A&E have officially announced their next line-up of programming, which kicks off on Sunday, July 10 at 8pm ET.
The 9-week event kicks off with the second season of the “Biography: WWE Legends” documentaries. These two-hour episodes will feature WWE Hall of Famers The Undertaker, Bill Goldberg, DX, Edge, Kurt Angle and The Bella Twins, plus Lex Luger, Rey Mysterio, and WrestleMania I.
The first season of WWE Rivals will then begin at 10pm ET that Sunday night. Actor and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. will lead a roundtable discussion of various stars. Each one-hour episode will feature archival footage as well as interviews with the WWE Hall of Famers and Superstars involved. Rivalries featured on the first season are Steve Austin vs. The Rock, Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker vs. Kane, John Cena vs. Edge, and the Monday Night Wars.
Another new series called WWE Smack Talk will premiere at 11pm ET that Sunday, following Rivals. WWE Hall of Famer Booker T, Hot 97 host and WWE on-air talent Peter Rosenberg, and WWE on-air talent Jackie Redmond will host the half-hour episodes, breaking down the biggest moments from the Biography and Rivals episodes that aired earlier in the night. The hosts will welcome various wrestlers and celebrity guests to discuss the night’s events.
It’s interesting to note that this announcement does not mention the new season of WWE Most Wanted Treasures, which was revealed back in March when WWE and A&E announced their extended partnership for more than 130 hours of new programming. For what it’s worth, that announcement also did not include the WWE Smack Talk series. You can see the original announcement from March at this link.
The original “Biography: WWE Legends” docuseries was A&E’s most-watched series of 2021, while season one of Most Wanted Treasures was A&E’s most-watched new series of 2021.
Stay tuned to WrestlingHeadlines.com for more on WWE and A&E. Below is the trailer and full press release issued to us today:
A&E NETWORK AND WWE® ANNOUNCE THE RETURN OF “BIOGRAPHY: WWE LEGENDS” AND SERIES PREMIERES OF WWE RIVALS” AND “WWE SMACK TALK” IN ALL-NEW “WWE ON A&E” PROGRAMMING BLOCK STARTING SUNDAY, JULY 10
9-WEEK EVENT KICKS OFF WITH “BIOGRAPHY: WWE LEGENDS” HIGHLIGHTING UNTOLD STORIES OF THE UNDERTAKER, THE BELLA TWINS, WRESTLEMANIA 1, GOLDBERG, REY MYSTERIO AND MORE
NEW SERIES “WWE RIVALS” – LED BY FREDDIE PRINZE JR – DIVES INTO THE MOST ICONIC RIVALRIES IN WWE HISTORY ALONGSIDE ALL-NEW AFTER SHOW “WWE SMACK TALK” – HOSTED BY BOOKER T, PETER ROSENBERG AND JACKIE REDMOND – RECAPPING THE NIGHT’S BIGGEST MOMENTS EACH SUNDAY
New York, NY –June 1, 2022 – WWE on A&E is back! Starting Sunday, July 10 at 8pm ET/PT, A&E Network and WWE are bringing fans into the ring with 9 weeks of all-new programming featuring intimate looks into the lives and careers of some of WWE’s most iconic Legends. With unprecedented access to WWE’s archive, season 2 of “Biography: WWE Legends,” new series “WWE Rivals,” and new after show “WWE Smack Talk” air back-to-back each Sunday. The premieres are part of an ongoing partnership featuring 130 hours of new, premium WWE-themed series and specials commissioned by the network to air exclusively on A&E platforms and to be distributed worldwide by A+E Networks.
“Biography: WWE Legends” – Season Two Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 8pm ET/PT
Under the award-winning “Biography” banner, each two-hour episode will tell the intimate, personal stories behind the success of some of WWE’s most memorable Legends and events. Through rare archival footage and in-depth interviews, each episode explores a different Legend and their immense impact in the WWE universe and on pop culture. Legends featured this season include The Undertaker, Goldberg, The Bella Twins, Lex Luger, Edge, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, D-Generation X and a look at the iconic first-ever WrestleMania.
“WWE Rivals” – New Series Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 10pm ET/PT
Actor and former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. leads a roundtable discussion of WWE luminaries to delve into the storylines and dynamic characters behind the epic battles that built the WWE. Each one-hour episode features archival footage from WWE’s library as well as interviews with the Legends involved and the Superstars that watched these rivalries unfold. Rivalries featured this season include “Stone Cold” Steve Austin vs. The Rock, Bret “The Hitman” Hart vs. Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker vs. Kane, John Cena vs. Edge and the “Monday Night Wars” between WCW and WWE.
“WWE Smack Talk” – New Series Premieres Sunday, July 10 at 11pm ET/PT
Featuring WWE Legend Booker T, Hot 97 and ESPN host Peter Rosenberg and WWE host Jackie Redmond, each half-hour after show episode breaks down the biggest moments from each Sunday’s episode of “Biography: WWE Legends” and “WWE Rivals” as well as reveals new information that didn’t make the cut. Along the way, Booker, Peter and Jackie will welcome WWE Legends, current Superstars and other celebrity guests to further discuss the night’s events.