In a possible hint of what is to become of the matches usually taped before RAW and Smackdown when WWE’s Spike TV deal runs out and the company moves its programming to USA Network, WWE is offering exclusive online matches on WWE.com. These pre-show matches have been regularly shown on Velocity and Heat. Velocity — along with syndicated recap shows Bottom Line and Afterburn, and weekly Sunday morning show Experience — is being cancelled as of the move to USA, and Heat’s status is unclear.
The following was posted on WWE.com this morning:
Later today on WWE.com, Big Vito will take on Steven Richards. Don’t miss this exclusive match, debuting right here today.
Also, check out these past WWE.com exclusive matches:
Aug. 25: Stacy vs. Christy
Aug. 18: Stacy vs. Victoria
We’ll have more on this story as it develops.