UK Live Network Specials
As we reported last weekend, WWE taped two live shows in Norwich to air as Network specials. According to the current Network schedule, the first of the two specials are due to air on May 18th from 8:00 pm EDT to 9:30 pm EDT.
As we noted, both shows are expected to air before NXT TakeOver: Chicago since the UK Championship match for the event was decided during the Norwich shows.
New WWE Television Deal In Turkey
WWE announced today that it will be teaming up with S-Sport to air RAW and SmackDown Live in Turkey.
WWE and S-Sport Announce Multi-Year Agreement to Televise Raw and SmackDown in Turkey
05/12/2017 ISTANBUL & STAMFORD, Conn.– WWE and Saran Media today announced a new multi-year agreement to televise the company’s flagship programs Raw and SmackDown in Turkey on S-Sport beginning tomorrow.
Every Saturday at midnight, S-Sport will televise a two-hour edition of Raw followed by a one-hour edition of SmackDown at 2 a.m., both in Turkish. Fans will be able to follow their favorite Superstars, including Roman Reigns™, AJ Styles™, Seth Rollins™, Kevin Owens™, Alexa Bliss™, Charlotte Flair™, Dean Ambrose™, and Shinsuke Nakamura™ among many others. S-Sport subscribers can also watch episodes they missed through video on demand and S-Sport’s 7-Day Catch-Up feature.
“We are proud to work with Saran Media to televise WWE’s premier programs Raw and SmackDown to our passionate fans in Turkey,” said Ed Wells, WWE Executive Vice President, International. “This new multi-year agreement shows the increasing global growth of WWE, while also giving us the opportunity to connect with local fans by delivering WWE content via a first-class platform.”
“Turks love sports in all forms, and WWE is a very popular brand in particular, especially for the Turkish youth,” said Selim Usta, General Manager of Saran Media. They will be in good company with S-Sport’s other premier programming including the English Premier League, NBA, Formula 1, ATP 500 and Moto GP.”
Brock Lesnar Return Update
Brock Lesnar is headed back to RAW after not being seen on WWE television since WrestleMania. He’s been announced for RAW brand house shows in Lafayette, LA, on June 12th and in Los Angeles on June 26th. He is also slated to appear on both the Great Balls Of Fire go-home episode of the flagship show on July 3rd and the episode after the PPV on July 10th.
As we’ve reported, he’s set to defend his Universal Title at the July 9th RAW brand PPV. He was originally slated to face Braun Strowman at the event, but due to Strowman’s being on the shelf for 4-8 weeks due to an elbow injury, exactly who will challenge Brock is unknown at this time.