WWE and ESPN are in advanced discussions to air pay-per-views on ESPN.
The Walt Disney Corp owned ESPN/ESPN+ would be the main platform in which WWE fans would watch the big four WWE pay-per-views
• Survivor Series
• Royal Rumble
The status of the remaining annual WWE pay-per-views have not been decided yet but those shows remaining on the WWE Network would be a better choice.
Millions of fans already subscribe to the WWE Network and paying a additional subscription to ESPN+ to watch the big events would be a hard sell.
ESPN is already experimenting with airing WWE content on their network with the encore presentations of WrestleMania 30, 32 and 35.
WrestleMania 30 was the first Encore WrestleMania that aired on ESPN WrestleMania 32 will air on March, 29th and WrestleMania 35 on April, 5th.
WrestleMania 30 on ESPN drew 839,000 viewers and ESPN is paying close attention to these ratings to determine WWE’s drawing power and possible streaming price points if and when WWE pay-per-views would begin streaming on ESPN/ESPN+.
Sources have confirmed to us that WWE is “eager” to move along this process and move the big 4 pay-per-views to a bigger streaming platform but that the recent COVID-19 outbreak has delayed contract negotiations.
ESPN+ has 3.5 million subscribers the WWE Networks 1.3 million subscribers so this would definitely help WWE earn more revenue per big show.
We could be seeing WrestleMania annually on ESPN sooner than you think. Stay tuned to Slice Wrestling for the latest updates.