Vince McMahon retires as CEO and chairman of WWE

Vince McMahon, the owner of WWE, has announced his retirement as CEO chairman of the professional wrestling promoter after weeks of controversy.  Last month, the exec stepped back from his role after a Wall Street Journal story reported that McMahon, 76, made a secret US$3 million settlement with a former employee with whom he allegedly […]

WWE CEO Vince McMahon steps down amid misconduct investigation

Vince McMahon, the CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is stepping down from his role atop the company as it investigates allegations of misconduct.  Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that McMahon, 76, made a secret US$3 million settlement with a former employee with whom he allegedly had an affair in 2019, and that […]

MBC’s Shahid to be MENA home of WWE

Mixed martial arts giant WWE has teamed up with Middle Eastern media outfit MBC Group in a broadcast partnership that will see MBC’s video on demand streaming service, Shahid, become the new home of WWE in Saudi Arabia and the rest of the MENA region.  The partnership includes all WWE premium live events, kicking off […]

WWE shifts focus to international deals following bumper Peacock sale

Pro wrestling outfit WWE will turn its attention to international deals after securing a big-money distribution agreement with NBCUniversal. Late last month, the company tied up a deal which effectively sees the company sell its WWE Network SVOD to Peacock. The agreement, worth a reported US$1 billion, will see the WWE Network cease to operate […]

WWE signs Chinese deal with iQiyi Sports

Leading pro wrestling promoter WWE has continued its eastern expansion with a Chinese rights deal with iQiyi Sports. Starting September 22, iQiyi Sports – the joint venture of iQiyi and marketing agency Super Sports Media – will broadcast the promoter’s weekly programmes Raw and SmackDown, along with its monthly pay-per-view events. The latter move is […]

Discovery does deal with WWE in Italy

Discovery has announced a new partnership with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in Italy. From July 1, the deal will see the pro-wrestling outfit’s weekly flagship programming available exclusively on OTT streamer DPlay PLUS and on linear channel DMAX – the latter of which is also Discovery’s home of rugby and esports coverage. The two main […]

WWE Network launches free tier

Pro wrestling outfit World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has launched a free tier of its WWE Network SVOD. The service initially launched in 2014 and made waves as one of the first prominent sports streaming platforms. It also effectively killed off the pro wrestling business’s model of selling Pay-Per Views, with a monthly subscription costing significantly […]

WWE Network sheds subscribers in poor quarter

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is “evaluating strategic alternatives” following a sustained period of decline for its WWE Network OTT service.  The internationally-available streamer’s subscriber numbers dropped 10% in the quarter to 1.42 million. The company had projected for the service to reach 1.47 million subscribers. In light of this performance, the company said that it […]

WWE returns to FTA with Channel 5 deal

Professional wrestling outfit WWE has signed a deal with ViacomCBS that will see the company’s shows broadcast on free-to-air TV in the UK for the first time in almost 20 years. The news was confirmed by Channel 5 on Twitter, with the ViacomCBS-owned channel announcing that three of its weekly wrestling shows – Raw, Smackdown […]

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