WWE Network will be available on Peacock for $4.99 a month, or $9.99 without ads. That price includes access to pay-per-view events such as “Fastlane,” “Summerslam” and the granddaddy of all wrestling showdowns, “Wrestlemania.” WWE fans will also get access to original series.
This agreement won’t impact the shows “Raw” on USA Network or “Smackdown” on Fox, which have separate deals and will continue to air as usual. But fans who want to stream WWE Network content in the US will have to get a Peacock subscription. The WWE Network will continue to operate on its own overseas.
“NBCUniversal has a long-standing relationship with WWE that began nearly 30 years ago with Monday Night Raw on USA,” Rick Cordella, Peacock’s executive vice president and chief revenue officer, said in a statement. “WWE has always tapped into the cultural zeitgeist with spectacular live events and larger-than-life characters, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home for WWE Network.”
The deal is significant for Peacock because the WWE boasts an incredibly loyal fan base and two highly rated shows with “Raw and Smackdown.” NBC is hoping the the news will entice wrestling fans will jump over to Peacock, which launched this summer.
The deal also further solidifies Peacock’s reputation as a streaming service for live sports — or in the WWE’s case, sports entertainment.