Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Netflix Gets A RAW Deal and Rock Owns His Name

WWE Raw moving to Netflix as part of new 10-year, $5 billion TV rights deal
https://www.f4wonline.com/news/wwe/wwe-raw-moving-to-netflix-as-part-of-new-tv-rights-deal

The Rock joins board of directors of WWE parent company TKO Group Holdings
https://www.f4wonline.com/news/wwe/the-rock-joins-board-of-directors-of-wwe-parent-company-tko-group-holdings

Happy 40th anniversary, Hulkamania. Now fuck off because Dwayne is part of the TKO Board Of Directors and Netflix secured the rights to RAW for the next ten years starting in 2025. Not only that, but the deal also means that Netflix gets all the WWE Network archive content and PPVs outside the United States... and apparently, that means Canada, as the Rogers deal is supposedly up. And if that ends up being the case, then there might be a reason to stick with Netflix for the long haul... because right now, I can't think of any at the moment.

But in all seriousness... this is a pretty big deal. And I can't imagine this deal happening under the previous management or ownership because "what's a netflix, pal?" But hey, you know what? Good on them. They're going to be making a shitload of money and they don't even have to worry about petty things like quarter-hour ratings, key demos, or any of that old-fashioned tripe associated with the traditional TV. You might still have to do that for Smackdown (which is moving from FOX to USA Network) and NXT (which is moving from USA Network to the CW... while Billy Corgan's NWA is relegated to the CW App Mines), but as far as RAW is concerned, the only barrier of entry is a Netflix subscription and that's all there is to it. Now Vince Russo will have to find something else to complain about on his podcast.

As for where that leaves AEW?

Well... how long since the last Tony Khan Twitter blow-up?

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