A&E Network has partnered with WWE for an entirely new programming block on Sunday nights featuring biographical documentaries and WWF memorabilia specials.
The ten-week programming block features eight two-hour original documentaries under the banner “Biography”, showing the stories behind some of WWE’s most memorable Superstars, including “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, “Rowdy” Roddy. Piper, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Bret Hart, Mick Foley, and Ultimate Warrior. The “Bio” specials chronicle the success of these WWE Legends and their lasting brand in both sports entertainment and popular culture. Each special will air weekly at 8 pm ET / PT beginning Sunday, April 18.
Following at 10 pm ET / PT, Stephanie McMahon and “Triple H” Paul Levesque headline the new series. WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, as they search for some of WWE’s most iconic lost memorabilia, including Kane’s original mask, Ric Flair’s butterfly tunic, Andy Kaufman’s neck brace, Andre The Giant’s passport and more. To find these quintessential relics, the team will join forces with WWE Legends like Undertaker, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, Booker T and more to bring these items home to the WWE Archives.
“For more than two decades, ‘Biography’ has been the home of premium non-fiction storytelling and we are excited to expand that with this comprehensive partnership with WWE,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, EVP and director of programming for A&E. The net. “This unique collaboration offers viewers the best seat by the ring as we recount the journeys of these cultural icons and the memories that follow.”
“We are thrilled to reveal the stories behind some of the greatest legends and moments in WWE history,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Brand Director. “Together with A&E, we have created an incredible variety of programming infused with nostalgia that will inspire and entertain audiences around the world.”
The “biography” and WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures the lineup and air times can be found below.
Bio Listing: Premieres Sunday, April 18 at 8 p.m. ET / PT
“Biography:” Stone Cold “Steve Austin” – Directed by Jake Rogal and executive produced by Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film tells the story of the man who became the star WWE’s biggest in the 90’s. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s authentic and fiery personality epitomized WWE’s “Age of Attitude” and transformed him into a pop culture icon. After nearly being paralyzed by a neck injury, Austin made one of the best comebacks in WWE history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2009.
“Bio:” Rowdy “Roddy Piper” – Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner Joe Lavine (ESPN 30 for 30 “Playing for the Mob,” HBO “Namath”), this film focuses on “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who is universally considered one of WWE’s greatest villains. During his career in the Hall of Fame, he played the role of the antagonist against a who’s who of WWE greats, while accumulating more than 30 championships.
“Bio:” Macho Man “Randy Savage” – Produced by Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman (“Cocaine Cowboys,” “Screwball,” ESPN 30 for 30 “The U”), this film will tell the larger-than-life story of a of the most colorful and charismatic superstars to ever step on the ring. With two WWE Championships, four WCW® World Championships, and a 14-month reign as Intercontinental Champion, Savage became known for his famous catchphrase, his exaggerated personality, and the huge, eye-catching robes he wore in the ring.
“Biography: Booker T” – Directed by Emmy and Peabody Award winner George Roy (“The Curse of the Bambino,” “Mayweather”), this film features one of the greatest superstars in sports entertainment history. Booker T is an 11-time WCW Tag Team Champion, a six-time World Champion, a 2006 King of the Ring Tournament winner and a two-time (2013 and 2019) WWE Hall of Famer. In addition to his Hall of Fame career in the ring, Booker T also became a color commentator for weekly WWE programming.
“Bio: Shawn Michaels” – Directed by Joe Lavine (“Rowdy” Roddy Piper, ESPN 30 by 30 “Playing for the Mob,” HBO “Namath”), this film chronicles the wildlife of one of WWE’s greatest actors and more enduring villains. After drug addiction nearly cost him his life, Shawn Michaels, aka “The Heartbreak Kid,” made one of the most unlikely final comebacks in WWE history. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Biography: Ultimate Warrior” – Directed by Daniel Amigone (“24/7 Red Wings: Maple Leafs – Road to the Winter Classic”, “Chain of Command”, “The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth”) and Executive Produced by Jake Rogal and Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film shares the story of Ultimate Warrior, a WWE Hall of Famer who inspired an entire generation of fans living per his mantra to “always believe.” With his colorful face paint and equally colorful interviews, Ultimate Warrior is perhaps best remembered for defeating Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania VI to become both the WWE Champion and the Intercontinental Champion.
“Biography: Mick Foley” – Directed by Thomas Odelfelt (24/7 “Mayweather-Marquez,” 24/7 “Penguins-Capitals: Road To The NHL Winter Classic,” HBO “Courtside At The NBA Finals”) and executive produced by Jake Rogal and Jason Hehir (“The Last Dance,” “Andre The Giant”), this film follows the unique and multifaceted career of Mick Foley, a 2013 WWE Hall of Famer better known as “Mankind.” A fan favorite during WWE’s “Age of Attitude,” Foley stunned audiences in 1998 during a career-defining fight when the Undertaker threw him off the top of Hell in a Cell.
“Biography: Bret” Hitman “Hart” – Directed by George Roy (“Booker T”, “The Curse of the Bambino”, “Mayweather”, HBO “Mantle”), this film tells the story of Bret Hart, one of the best technical athletes in WWE history, earning him the nicknames “The Hitman” and “Execution Excellence.” Throughout his historic career, the five-time WWE title holder defeated “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Ric Flair, and Yokozuna, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006.
The WWE documentaries “Biography” are produced by WWE Studios for A&E Network. Executive Producers for WWE Studios are Kevin Dunn, Chris Kaiser, Susan Levison and Richard Lowell. A&E Network executive producers are Elaine Frontain Bryant and Brad Abramson. A + E Networks has the worldwide distribution rights.
“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” – Premieres Sunday, April 18 at 10 pm ET / PT
“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” takes viewers on a journey to find some of WWE’s most iconic lost memories. In each of the nine episodes, WWE’s Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque lead a team of WWE collectors, superstars and legends as they investigate, negotiate, bid and travel across the country to hunt down and retrieve some of the most elusive of WWE. collectibles. Throughout history, the action-packed stories of WWE have spawned iconic and unique memories, most of which have disappeared. Superstar in training, AJ Francis will hit the road alongside some of the most famous WWE legends of all time, including The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Charlotte Flair, Mick Foley, Kane, Big Show, Mark Henry, Jerry “The King “Lawler. , Booker T, Greg “The Hammer” Valentine, Brutus “The Barber” Beefcake, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Sgt. Sacrifice. The series will unearth these rare items in hopes of preserving and sharing the legacy behind memorable moments in WWE history.
“WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures” is a WWE Studios production for A&E Network with Susan Levison, Ben Zierten, David Carr, Stephanie McMahon and Paul “Triple H” Levesque serving as executive producers. Elaine Frontain Bryant, Dolores Gavin and Jonathan Partridge serve as executive producers for A&E Network. A + E Networks owns the worldwide distribution rights to “WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures.”
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