WWE is set to make some changes to its presentation.
Traditionally, WWE programming has leaned more heavily on entertainment, rather than the physical act of the wrestling matches in the ring. After all, the company doesn’t describe itself as sports entertainment for nothing.
However, that appears to be changing. The January 22nd episode of Raw featured CM Punk and Cody Rhodes being shown arriving at the arena earlier that day, while an interview segment involving Rhodes conducted before the show was aired with a clock pointing out that it took place that afternoon.
In a new report, Mike Johnson of PWInsider has now revealed that this is part of a wider shift to inject more realism into the product. Johnson noted that the company “will be incorporating some sports-centric elements into the programming.”
The report comes after Tony Khan announced the return of AEW’s rankings as the promotion looks to move back towards a more sports-style presentation.
WWE Lands Huge Deal With Netflix
It’s been a wild start to 2024 for WWE and the Royal Rumble hasn’t even taken place yet. On January 21st it was announced that The Rock has been appointed to the Board of Directors of parent company TKO.
This was followed by the news that WWE Raw will be moving to Netflix from January 2025. The ten-year deal is said to be worth a staggering $5 billion, and the streaming giant has the power to break the contract after five years or extend it even further.