Barn Burner Exclusive: Go Forward WWE Network Strategy
Thursday, July 5, 2018
According to a source in WWE, the company is preparing to shift its focus on WWE Network content. As Brad Shepard of Barn Burner recently reported, NXT is expected to end up on FS1, after Smackdown Live officially begins airing on Fox. This would leave a void on the WWE Network, where NXT currently airs.
WWE is looking to focus more of its network content on independent and non-WWE professional wrestling.
WWE was recently in Japan for live events, however, WWE COO Paul "Triple H" Levesque was expected to travel to Japan as well.
WWE has entered into an agreement with Pro Wrestling Noah and WWE NXT Superstar Hideo Itami is expected to work a Pro Wrestling Noah "Flight" show on September 1st, 2018. That was the first step in the new relationship between WWE and Pro Wrestling Noah.
However, the relationship between WWE and Pro Wrestling Noah is expected to go even further. The reason Levesque was scheduled to go to Japan was to meet with Pro Wrestling Noah executives, to finalize a deal that would eventually put Pro Wrestling Noah on the WWE Network. This is only one of what is expected to be numerous relationships between WWE and independent/non-WWE companies, which would see their content on the WWE Network.