Netflix to Become the New Home of WWE Raw Beginning 2025

by toynewman
January 23, 2024
STAMFORD, Conn., January 23, 2024 – WWE, part of TKO Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: TKO), and Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced a long-term partnership that will bring WWE’s flagship weekly program – Raw – to the world’s leading entertainment service. This marks a major programming shift as Raw leaves linear television for the first time since its inception 31 years ago.

Beginning in January 2025, Netflix will be the exclusive new home of Raw in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Latin America, among other territories, with additional countries and regions to be added over time. Likewise, as part of the agreement, Netflix will also become the home for all WWE shows and specials outside the U.S. as available, inclusive of Raw and WWE’s other weekly shows – SmackDown and NXT – as well as the company’s Premium Live Events, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Royal Rumble. WWE’s award-winning documentaries, original series and forthcoming projects will also be available on Netflix internationally beginning in 2025.

“This deal is transformative,” said Mark Shapiro, TKO President and COO. “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.”

“We are excited to have WWE Raw, with its huge and passionate multigenerational fan base, on Netflix,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer, Bela Bajaria. “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.”

“In its relatively short history, Netflix has engineered a phenomenal track record for storytelling,” said Nick Khan, WWE President. “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."

With 1,600 episodes to date, Raw is the most iconic show in sports entertainment. Since its debut in 1993, Raw has delivered action, compelling drama and unmatched athleticism – 52 weeks a year. Blending the best of scripted content with unpredictable live entertainment, the three-hour show has helped launch the careers of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, John Cena, Roman Reigns, Bianca Belair and Charlotte Flair.

The show is currently the No. 1 show on USA Network, where it brings in 17.5 million unique viewers over the course of the year. One of television’s best performing shows in the 18-49 advertising demographic, Raw trends on X 52 weeks a year while each new episode is airing. On social media, WWE has more than one billion followers across its platforms.
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80sboy4 - 2024-01-23 @ 8:41 pm

That's awesome news to me since I no longer subscribe to cable TV. Will now be able to watch live! Streaming services are the way things are now.

LordVenger - 2024-01-23 @ 7:49 pm

Wow. End of an era. Times they are a changing.

benmiller - 2024-01-23 @ 5:44 pm

Good now it will be easier to fast forward through most of the terrible parts.

toynewman - 2024-01-23 @ 5:29 pm
2 hours ago, Reno said:

This is welcome news to me! As someone who doesn't have cable or satellite and only uses a handful of streaming services, I have never been able to watch Raw live. I've been able to watch Smackdown on my local Fox channel, but of course now that is moving to cable. So that I guess that I'm gaining access to one WWE show and losing access to another one. I know that NXT is moving to the CW which I also get for free over the air, but I really don't give 2 poops about NXT. I've always wished that they would just put everything live on Peacock since I'm already paying for that for the premium live events.

Hopefully after next year they move all content to Netflix and I can cancel Peacock.

RobertD - 2024-01-23 @ 4:52 pm

It's going to Netflix? Cancelled after two seasons. On a cliffhanger, no less!

Reno - 2024-01-23 @ 2:35 pm

This is welcome news to me! As someone who doesn't have cable or satellite and only uses a handful of streaming services, I have never been able to watch Raw live. I've been able to watch Smackdown on my local Fox channel, but of course now that is moving to cable. So that I guess that I'm gaining access to one WWE show and losing access to another one. I know that NXT is moving to the CW which I also get for free over the air, but I really don't give 2 poops about NXT. I've always wished that they would just put everything live on Peacock since I'm already paying for that for the premium live events.

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