It was announced by Fox today that they will be adding more WWE programming to their Fox Sports 1 schedule and also airing WrestleMania on the Fox Sports App and Foxsports.com as well. The cost will be $59.99 for two nights of WrestleMania. As WWE fans know, WrestleMania is free on WWE Network for new subscribers or $9.99 US for regular WWE Network subscribers. If you want to pay more money, order it on Fox. The choice is yours.
Here’s the press release that Fox posted today.
WRESTLEMANIA Pay-Per-View Debuts Across FOX Sports Platforms
22 Hours of Timeless WWE Content to Air on FS1
WWE BACKSTAGE Returns to FS1 Tonight at 11:00 PM ET
LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports teams up with WWE to offer a new slate of action-packed programming to viewers, including the network’s first-ever pay-per-view presentation of WRESTLEMANIA on the FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com. WRESTLEMANIA, hosted by FOX Sports’ very own Rob Gronkowski, will be held as a two-night event for the first-time ever this Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM ET.
Viewers can live stream two nights of the WRESTLEMANIA pay-per-view for $59.99 on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW Apps via mobile and connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku or at FOXSports.com. WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF PART 1 and PART 2 begin coverage this Saturday and Sunday night at 6:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes, with a panel of experts breaking down the night’s upcoming matches.
FOX Sports will present 22 hours of timeless WWE content to air on Tuesday nights this spring, beginning with ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 tonight at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. Additional programming on FS1 includes one-hour editions of WRESTLEMANIA 31, WRESTLEMANIA 33 and WRESTLEMANIA 34, in addition to other specials from the “WWE 24” and “Ruthless Aggression” series. Content also includes WWE’s brand-new series titled “Best Of WWE” featuring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, John Cena, Charlotte Flair, Ric Flair, Brock Lesnar, Becky Lynch, Shawn Michaels, Roman Reigns and The Undertaker.
“We’re pleased to offer this new slate of WWE programming for viewers during these challenging times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. “We hope this lineup of sports entertainment programming serves as a much-needed relief for fans. We appreciate the hard work and creativity of the teams on both sides of our long-term partnership with WWE.”
“Six months after our historic partnership brought SMACKDOWN to its new home on FOX, we are thrilled to deliver even more premium programming, including WRESTLEMANIA, across the entire FOX Sports portfolio,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “In partnership with FOX Sports, it’s a privilege to be able to entertain our fans each week and put smiles on their faces particularly during a time when they need it the most.”
A full programming schedule including all events and specials will follow at a later date.
Finally, television’s only WWE-focused studio show, WWE BACKSTAGE, returns to FS1 in a modified remote format tonight at 11:00 PM ET on FS1. Host Renee Young and analysts Booker T, Mark Henry and Paige join from their homes to discuss the latest news and make their predictions ahead of WRESTLEMANIA.
TJR Thoughts: I can’t see a logical reason why somebody would pay $59.99 for a show that you can watch for $9.99 US as a current subscriber or even free as a new subscriber, but I’m sure some people will still order it on the Fox Sports App.