The WWE’s planned move for the WWE Network to Peacock has certainly sent a lot of ripples through the wrestling and entertainment world today. Arriving on Peacock just in time for WrestleMania, the company is also getting set to go all in on their partnership with NBC/Universal.
This, of course, means other partnerships may suffer or end because of it. One of those is the WWE’s relationship with ESPN. ESPN had also been in negotiations with the network when it came to hosting WWE’s content, and NBC/Universal was just one of many considered and discussed destinations.
On Wrestling Observer Live, Dave Meltzer talked about the new deal and presumed that while ESPN was part of the talks, he does know that the relationship between WWE and ESPN is over.
“This is conjecture, and what I have to say later is not conjecture. I believe that there’s a good chance that ESPN was a part of the talks. I believe three weeks ago ESPN knew that they wouldn’t get it. That’s my conjecture. What I do know is that ESPN has pretty much shut down all WWE content. Right now no more WWE on ESPN.”
The new partnership starts in only a few weeks, and for the $9.99 monthly fee the WWE is charging their fans, they’ll be able to get far more than WWE content for that price now. Another benefit will be that the WWE pay per views will come included with the monthly fee, unlike how ESPN+ treats UFC pay per views. Of course, opening one door means closing another, and this one happens to be the partnership with ESPN.
h/t to Ringside News for the quote
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