Name: Santino's Foreign Exchange
Concept: Santino interviews superstars, divas, fans and others.
Release Schedule: Saturdays
No. of Episodes: 2
Views of latest episode: 90,000 (previous ep 183,000)
Reminds me of: Santino's segments from WWE TV
When I first heard Santino's show would be called Foreign Exchange, I thought it might involve Santino getting to know about the foreign culture of other superstars. Sadly, that's not true, but I guess it's probably better to keep things simple and unconstrained to give the show a better chance to continue long-term.
Production Value: 6/10
Overall Execution: 8/10
Both conceptually and technically, this show isn't much more involved than many of the others on this list, but it is aided by two things:
First, the show is creative and fun. I'm not sure how much of his marks' reactions are scripted and how much are improvised, but everyone is in a semi-kayfabe backstage mode that works well. People keep their characters, but there (so far) isn't any talk of matches, etc. Santino's interviewees tend to be divas or low-card superstars, i.e., people with time on their hands.
This is good for them, as it lets them work on their segment work and develop their characters in front of an audience outside the realm of cutting promos. And it's good for the show, as it gets Santino plenty of diverse help without going for bigger stars than him that might overshadow him.
Second, it's got Santino. As much as he may be a joke for many as an in-ring competitor, the guy is funny. He's self-deprecating and makes himself the butt of many of his jokes, making all his counterparts look good. When he gets shot down by women, it's funny, as opposed to Zack Ryder, for whom it's just sad.