WWE RAW, one of the most-watched live shows for 30 years on linear television networks, is set to land on one of the top streaming platforms, Netflix. The deal was made official this Tuesday, and WWE announced that Netflix will stream Monday Night RAW from next year, starting January 2025.
WWE’s contract with the USA Network is set to expire in October 2024, and the USA Network will not be able to stream RAW anymore. With Netflix set to stream RAW from January 2025, there is no official announcement regarding which platform the show will stream on from October 2024 to January 2025.
Where will WWE RAW air from October 2024 to January 2025?
WWE RAW has been the promotion’s flagship program, that debuted 30 years ago on January 11, 1993. RAW holds the distinction of being the longest-running weekly episodic television show of all time. On January 2023, Netflix grabbed the rights for broadcasting RAW for 10 years, starting from January 2025.
It is reported that the deal was confirmed after Netflix agreed to give a whooping $5 billion dollars to the WWE. WWE’s contract with USA Network will expire on October 2024 and the company has to look for alternative options to stream the show for a gap of three months till January 2025.
Speaking on the Wrestling Observer podcast, Dave Meltzer said, “I guess the unanswered question is what happens to draw after the end of September of this year, because in January, it’s going to Netflix, and at the end of September, the [USA] contract is up. WWE told me that they will make an announcement relatively soon about that.”
Where will WWE RAW air on Netflix?
The Netflix and WWE deal marks the first time WWE RAW will leave its traditional USA Network and become exclusively available on Netflix. Netflix will be the exclusive new home of Raw in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Latin America, among other territories, with additional countries and regions to be added over time.
Other than these regions WWE has a huge following in the Gulf region and across the Middle East. The broadcasting rights in these regions are under the MBC, where the shows can be streamed on its subscription platform Shahid in a deal that began in 2022. With the new deal, Netflix will be able to stream the show across the Middle East.
Dave Meltzer on his recent podcast mentioned that both WWE and Netflix failed to mention Ireland during the press release and confirmed that Netflix will also stream the show in Ireland as part of the deal. With all set in, WWE fans around the world are ready to witness Monday Night Raw in its new home, Netflix, from January 2025.