WWE airs Rock-Cena special

March 25, 2012

With Wrestlemania one week away, the WWE is pulling out all the stops in ensuring that the biggest event of its year gets the full promotional treatment. The WWE is airing a one hour “Once in a Lifetime – Rock vs. Cena” special utilizing NBC Universal’s television power.

The first ever WWE behind-the-scenes-style look at the two main eventers will also air on Syfy, Bravo, E!, Oxygen, G4, Style, NBC Sports Network, mun2, CLOO and Universal HD.

Via WWE press release:

This lifestyle special is a candid and compelling look at two of the biggest icons in sports entertainment history as they prepare for their Once in a Lifetime main event match. From touring and training on the road to Hollywood movie sets to the 54th Annual Daytona 500, this in-depth look with exclusive footage gives viewers unprecedented access and a glimpse into the personal lives of these men.

The special will premiere on the USA Network one hour before Raw this Monday night.

Payout Perspective:

Putting aside your personal thoughts about pro wrestling, this is an interesting look at how the WWE has been influenced by the UFC. The WWE has had behind-the-scenes looks at wrestlers. Most of these happen when they are doing charity work or are visiting the US Troops in the Middle East. It will be interesting to see how the WWE will produce this special as it’s being billed as a “countdown” style look at Rock and Cena. The television special also shows the advantage of the WWE’s partnership with the NBC Network as it can play its special over multiple network partners. Sound familiar? The UFC has taken advantage of the network synergy in promoting its events. Of course, having the Rock as one of its key characters in the special will help with ratings.  Is this a new level of promotion for the WWE or is the WWE concerned with how the PPV will do next week?

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