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WWE Network will be scrapped as Netflix deal looms – but there’s good news-Alistair McGeorge-Entertainment – Metro

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WWE Network will be scrapped as Netflix deal looms – but there’s good news-Alistair McGeorge-Entertainment – Metro

Roman Reigns and all the top WWE superstars are moving home (Picture: WWE)

WWE fans in the UK will have a new way to tune in this time next year when the newly announced Netflix deal takes over.

From January 2024, all of the sports entertainment giant’s programming will be moved to the streaming service for fans outside the US, including Raw, SmackDown and NXT, plus premium live events like Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.

This also means a massive change to the WWE Network, which will effectively cease to exist in its current form in a year’s time.

As it stands, fans can access WWE’s monthly PLE specials, its huge library of classic events and other original programming through the company’s own streaming platform.

However, understands that, in a similar vein to the Peacock deal in place in the United States, the Network will essentially become part of Netflix.

While it’s too early for firm details on what exactly will be part of it, reports suggest all content will make the jump next January – a move which would delight fans around the world.

Netflix is looking for a new home (Picture: Reuters/Dado Ruvic/File Photo)

In a press release this week, TKO – WWE’s parent company following the Endeavor acquisition and merger between WWE and UFC) – and Netflix offered some insight into the deal.

They said: ‘WWE’s award-winning documentaries, original series and forthcoming projects will also be available on Netflix internationally beginning in 2025.’

In its relatively short history, Netflix has engineered a phenomenal track record for storytelling,’ Nick Khan, WWE President, commented.

‘We believe Netflix, as one of the world’s leading entertainment brands, is the ideal long-term home for Raw’s live, loyal, and ever-growing fan base.’

Meanwhile, it turns out the deal is worth $5 billion over ‘an initial 10-year term’, and Netflix has an option to either ‘extend for an additional 10 years’ or ‘opt out after the initial five years’.

The hard hitting action is coming to Netflix (Picture: WWE)

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Bela Bajaria praised Monday Night Raw – which is the only show moving to Netflix initially for US viewers – and its ‘huge and passionate multigenerational fan base’.

Bajaria said: ‘By combining our reach, recommendations, and fandom with WWE, we’ll be able to deliver more joy and value for their audiences and our members.

‘Raw is the best of sports entertainment, blending great characters and storytelling with live action 52 weeks a year and we’re thrilled to be in this long-term partnership with WWE.’

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