You may recall earlier this year there was much discussion about WWE Network possibly investing in some independent wrestling promotions and beginning to air them on the WWE Network. The idea was floated in several WWE surveys, and there was discussion on the possibility of Ring of Honor, Insane Championship Wrestling (U.K.), and PROGRESS (U.K.).
The topic again came up at the Needham Emerging Technology Conference in New York City two weeks ago, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. WWE Chief Financial Officer George Barrios was on hand at the event and addressed the rumors. Barrios said that WWE and the WWE Network will indeed be working with PROGRESS and ICW in the future.
Barrios was also asked about ROH and other promotions and had the following to say:
“Yeah, I think there’s something there. It’s always priority and what once comes first. We recently announced a deal with ICW and Progress, which are wrestling promotions in the UK. So we’re thinking about the best way to utilize that content. As you know, we’ve been fairly active over the years in purchasing wrestling libraries, video libraries, a lot of which now you can see on the network. We think there’s a home for that, and it just a matter of priority.”
One would think that the deals with PROGRESS and ICW would tie-in with the new WWE U.K. Championship. It’s expected that the direction the company will take with these endeavors will become much more clear this summer.