Saturday, March 3, 2012

On The Air: WWE Download (2012)

WWE has set up their own YouTube channel, filled with a roster of new series, mostly because their much-hyped WWE Network won't be ready for its intended April 1 launch (now delayed until at least the fall).  Over the next few days, we're going to take a look at the shows.

First up: WWE Download, hosted in character (unfortunately) by Dolph Ziggler. On the plus side, this 5-6 minute weekly show is exhibit A proving that Ziggler no longer needs to have a heat parasite like Vickie Guerrero managing him. The man can talk, and is telegenic enough such that he can graduate from this tribute to David Letterman's "Stupid Human Tricks" and take over ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos if they ever decide to give Tom Bergeron (Dancing With The Stars) his walking papers. Of course, that would have to require Ziggler either moonlighting from WWE, a la Chris Jericho, or leaving the wrestling business altogether. On Download, Ziggler comes across as equal parts Dennis Miller and former Home Videos host Bob Saget. We can do without his being in character on this show, which is one huge flaw with this program.

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Once the WWE Network launches----if it ever does---you can bet this show will be a vital part of its programming, albeit in a much longer format.

Rating: A.

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