The date WWE starts on BT Sport has been revealed. The UK and Ireland broadcasts of both of World Wrestling Entertainment8217;s flagship shows, Raw and Smackdown Live, will switch from Sky to BT Sport from January 2020.
Sky has been the home of WWE in the UK for three decades, but news on a new deal started to emerge earlier this year. WWE is also switching Smackdown Live in the US to a new channel 8211; Fox Sports 8211; from October as it looks to reinvigorate its global viewing figures.
The company also has a new major rival in All Elite Wrestling (AEW), which sold out its second major pay-per-view event in minutes and has signed lucrative live TV deals with ITV in the UK and TNT in the States.
8220;We are incredibly excited by our new partnership with WWE. It is the most successful sports entertainment brand in the world, with a rich, fun and colorful history, loved by fans across the UK and Ireland,8221; said BT Consumer8217;s managing director, Andy Haworth.
WWE Network, the brand8217;s digital streaming platform, is available across multiple devices and is free to subscribe to for the first month. It houses weekly NXT shows, plus the incredible, relatively new NXT UK weekly programme.