Update on ICW and PROGRESS Wrestling Coming to the WWE Network
- August 2, 2020
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It was reported many months ago that WWE had been considering making some big additions in terms of content. This included airing shows from indy wrestling promotions on the WWE Network, namely Insane Championship Wrestling and PROGRESS Wrestling. Those two in particular have been friendly with WWE for a while now, and were focused on heavily when it came to selecting talent for the United Kingdom Championship Tournament earlier this year. Despite the news, it was later revealed that Vince McMahon decided to nix the idea of putting shows that don’t belong to him on his network. However, it now appears that the momentum has shifted in the opposite direction once again.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter noted recently that deals to air ICW and PROGRESS are in place right now, and it’s just a matter of when the deal is officially done and announced. As noted earlier, WWE’s Chief Financial Officer George Barrios was asked about the status of the relationship between the UK-based wrestling promotions and WWE recently at the Needham Emerging Technology Conference. No deal has been announced as of yet. The announcement of these news shows is not expected to be immediate, but definitely expected soon. If anything is announced, it looks as though ICW and PROGRESS will be the only two indy promotions coming to the network for now.
WWE’s choice to partner with outside wrestling promotions would have been unheard of just a few years ago. This make the decision to allow their shows to be viewed on the WWE Network even more groundbreaking. With services like FloSlam also trying to gobble up wrestling promotions to view on their own network, it’s also clear that WWE is taking more steps to ensure that everything in the industry truly belongs to them. ICW and PROGRESS are definitely very popular right now, and it will be interesting to see if this leads to any other promotions being added later on. Who knows, maybe something as major as Ring of Honor could end of on the Network one day? We’ll have to wait and see with these two new shows starting off soon.
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