USA network is the home of the WWE's flagship weekly broadcast, 'Monday Night Raw.' Beginning tomorrow night, the WWE is taking over the network for five straight nights.
All of the action kicks off tomorrow, after tonight's WWE 'TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs' pay-per-view event. Tomorrow night's 'Raw' starts the week with a bang, featuring the 2012 Slammy Awards, the annual awards show for WWE superstars and programming. Although the awards themselves are largely a joke (including prestigious categories such as "Outstanding Achievement in Muppet Resemblance" and "Holy $#!+ Move of the Year"), the annual Slammy episode of 'Raw' serves as a nice look back at the calendar year of WWE programming. This year, for the first time ever, the Slammy Award winners will be decided by the fans using the "Raw Active" application on their smartphones.
Tuesday, the second stop on WWE Week, the USA network broadcasts a rare live edition of 'Smackdown.' While the network held a live 'Smackdown' earlier this year, this edition will be entirely commercial-free as part of the WWE Week celebration.
Following Tuesday's commercial-free 'Smackdown' is another annual WWE tradition: the Tribute to the Troops show. Co-produced with Armed Forces Entertainment, the Tribute to the Troops has been held every holiday season for the past ten years. WWE then holds a special wrestling show in an open field, with the troop members in attendance for free. The company then airs the matches, as well as videos highlighting their interaction with the members of the military, in a special televised event; this year, it is Wednesday night on USA.
While that ends the in-ring action of WWE Week, Thursday and Friday night have television and featuring programming scheduled on USA... each with a particular WWE flavour.
On Thursday, USA airs an episode of ratings-giant 'Burn Notice' with a very special guest: none other than World Heavyweight Champion, The Big Show. The episode featuring the superstar (who has acted in 'MacGruber' and 'Knucklehead') airs at 11:00pm ET.
Rounding out the WWE Week is Friday night's airing of 'The Game Plan' starring The Rock at 8:30pm ET. Interestingly, the broadcast of the feature film will be hosted by WWE Champion CM Punk, the man that will face The Rock for the Championship at WWE's 'Royal Rumble' pay-per-view in January.
WWE Week begins tomorrow night at 8:00pm ET on USA.