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WWE terminates partnership with Russian broadcaster, shuts down WWE Network in Russia

The move comes amid the ongoing war in Ukraine.
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With the ongoing war in Ukraine, WWE is ending its business relationships within the country of Russia.

WWE issued a statement on Thursday announcing that it has terminated its partnership with Russian broadcaster Match. WWE is also shutting down the WWE Network in Russia immediately.

The termination of the broadcast deal with Match and shutting down the WWE Network in the country means that there's no longer any access to WWE programming in Russia.

“WWE has terminated its partnership with Russian broadcaster Match and shut down WWE Network in Russia effective immediately," WWE's statement said.

"The move eliminates access in Russia to any WWE programming, including the company’s weekly Raw, SmackDown and NXT shows, its on-demand library, and all of its premium live events, including WrestleMania 38.”

Russia officially launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24. Significant sanctions have since been imposed against Russia and Russian President Vladimir Putin by the United States and other countries around the world.