Just a week after WWE announced a deal with ESPN to air three weeks of WrestleMania, the sports-entertainment giant upped the ante on Tuesday, announcing a huge team up with Fox Sports to air over 22 hours of content as well as new programming.
Content began airing on Tuesday night with a full repeat of the 2020 Royal Rumble and will continue every Tuesday night in the spring. This includes one-hour condensed versions of WrestleMania 31, 33 and 34 (the three most recent WrestleManias not already licensed for air to ESPN), the return of WWE Backstage in a new remote setting, specials from the WWE 24 and new Ruthless Aggression series and content from the brand new series, “Best of WWE,” featuring Steve Austin, John Cena, Triple H, Charlotte and Ric Flair, Brock Lesnar, Shawn Michaels, Becky Lynch, Roman Reigns and the Undertaker.
“Six months after our historic partnership brought SmackDown to its new home on FOX, we are thrilled to deliver even more premium programming, including WrestleMania, across the entire FOX Sports portfolio,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer, in WWE’s official statement. “In partnership with FOX Sports, it’s a privilege to be able to entertain our fans each week and put smiles on their faces, particularly during a time when they need it the most.”
Additionally, WWE came to an agreement with Fox Sports that will include WrestleMania 36 being broadcast live on FoxSports.com as well as the Fox Sports and Fox Now apps via mobile and connected devices such as Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and more. The PPV will be available for purchase on these networks for $59.99 combined to cover both nights. Both nights of the WrestleMania kickoff show will be available on cable for free on both FS1 and Fox Deportes at 6 PM ET. A panel of experts will be breaking down the upcoming matches for the two nights.
“We’re pleased to offer this new slate of WWE programming for viewers during these challenging times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports in WWE’s official statement. “We hope this lineup of sports-entertainment programming serves as a much-needed relief for fans. We appreciate the hard work and creativity of the teams on both sides of our long-term partnership with WWE.”
WWE announced that the full programming schedule of all events and specials will be available at a later date.
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