Monday Night Raw moves to Netflix! WWE strikes $5 billion+ deal with major streaming platform for the next 10 years

WWE's flagship show, Monday Night Raw, has been bringing smiles to the faces of the fans for several decades.

Monday Night Raw moves to Netflix! WWE strikes $5 billion+ deal with major streaming platform for the next 10 years

RAW on Netflix(via X/@WWE)

In a game-changing move, WWE, under TKO Group Holdings, has forged a historic long-term partnership with Netflix. This marked a significant departure for WWE’s flagship program, Raw, from traditional television after 31 years.

Netflix has officially announced a partnership with WWE. In a groundbreaking move, WWE has inked a staggering $5 billion+ deal with the major streaming platform, securing exclusive rights for the next 10 years. Starting from January 2025, Raw becomes exclusively available on Netflix in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Latin America, with plans to expand globally.

This landmark agreement extends beyond Raw, encompassing all WWE shows and specials outside the U.S., including SmackDown, NXT, and Premium Live Events like WrestleMania. Netflix will also host WWE’s acclaimed documentaries, original series, and upcoming projects internationally from 2025. This strategic collaboration reflects WWE’s move to tap into Netflix’s extensive global audience, aligning with the ongoing shift toward digital streaming.

The partnership is poised to redefine how fans engage with professional wrestling content, offering an immersive experience that transcends geographical constraints. As the industry embraces this digital era, WWE’s alliance with Netflix signifies a pivotal moment in the future of sports entertainment.

This deal is transformative, It marries the can’t-miss WWE product with Netflix’s extraordinary global reach and locks in significant and predictable economics for many years. Our partnership fundamentally alters and strengthens the media landscape, dramatically expands the reach of WWE, and brings weekly live appointment viewing to Netflix.
 Mark Shapiro, TKO President and COO

The anticipation builds for the 2025 Netflix debut of Raw, promising fans an exciting, accessible, and boundary-defying wrestling experience. In this transformative collaboration, WWE and Netflix paved the way for a new era in sports entertainment consumption.

WWE also announced blockbuster deals for SmackDown and NXT

In a strategic move, WWE’s flagship weekly show, “SmackDown,” is set to return to the USA Network under a newly inked five-year rights deal. The program, currently airing on Fox, will undergo the transition in October 2024, following the expiration of Fox’s existing deal. Originally premiering on Fox in 2019 as part of a five-year agreement, “SmackDown” had previously found a home on the USA Network from 2016 to 2019.

Smackdown and NXT
SmackDown and NXT(via WrestleTalk)

Boasting a rich history with network homes including Syfy, The CW, UPN, and MyNetworkTV. While financial details remain undisclosed, industry sources suggest that the new deal is valued at a substantial $1.4 billion, representing a significant increase from the $1 billion Fox paid in 2019.

Meanwhile, WWE’s developmental talent showcase, “NXT,” is also charting a new course. The show is currently airing on USA Network and will relocate to CW in October 2024 as part of a separate five-year deal.

Sources close to the arrangement estimate the deal’s value to WWE at approximately $20-25 million annually. This strategic move underscores WWE’s commitment to diversifying its network presence, ensuring a broader audience for both its flagship and developmental programming.

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