Starting in March, the WWE Network in the United States will move from being a standalone service to part of NBCUniversal's Peacock.
It was announced on Monday that Peacock and WWE have reached a multi-year deal that gives Peacock exclusive streaming rights to the WWE Network in the United States. Peacock launched in 2020 and is NBCUniversal's streaming service. NBCUniversal is also one of WWE's television partners, with Raw and NXT airing on the USA Network.
The WWE Network will launch on Peacock on Thursday, March 18. The deal includes all WWE pay-per-views being available on Peacock live and on-demand. The first PPV of the Peacock era will be Fastlane on Sunday, March 21. WrestleMania 37 will take place over two nights on Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 11.
"WWE Network, including all PPVs, will be available on Peacock Premium for $4.99 [per month] - a $5.00/month savings-where members will enjoy access to the entire WWE and Peacock catalog, more than 47,000 hours of premium programming. For an ad-free experience, Peacock Premium Plus will be available for $9.99," the press release announcing the deal stated. It was noted that Peacock and WWE will share details on managing customer accounts closer to the WWE Network's Peacock launch in March.
WWE Network programming will be available on Peacock on-demand and on a 24/7 channel. Peacock and WWE hyped that the roll-out of more than 17,000 hours of new, original, and library WWE Network content will begin on March 18, with that including:
- All live pay-per-view events including WrestleMania and SummerSlam.
- Original series like Steve Austin Broken Skull Sessions, Undertaker: The Last Ride, and the all-new WWE Icons.
- In-ring shows like NXT, NXT UK, and WWE 205 Live, as well as replays of Raw and SmackDown.
- WWE Network archives, including every WWE, WCW, and ECW pay-per-view event in history.
- Groundbreaking documentaries, including WWE 24, WWE Untold, and WWE 365.
- And, starting in 2022, one signature documentary annually.
“NBCUniversal has a long-standing relationship with WWE that began nearly 30 years ago with Monday Night Raw on USA. 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 and its millions of fans across the country,” said Rick Cordella, Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer, Peacock. “WWE Network is a transformative addition to the platform and complements Peacock’s massive catalog of iconic movies and shows, as well as the best live news and sports, from NBCUniversal and beyond.”
“We are thrilled to further the long-standing and trusted partnership WWE has with NBCUniversal,” said Nick Khan, WWE President and Chief Revenue Officer. “Peacock is an innovative platform that will enable us to showcase our most significant events, including WrestleMania, and provide the extraordinary entertainment our fans have come to expect with the combination of premium WWE content, live sports, news, films, and television programs.”
The WWE Network first launched in 2014.