As part of the most recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, specialized journalist Dave Meltzer has revealed that WWE has had conversations with ESPN recently with the idea of getting to broadcast its PPV events on the platform. However, Meltzer has not been able to confirm that an agreement has been reached.
According to Meltzer, it was the UFC emission model within ESPN that opened WWE’s eyes. Prior to their arrival on the ESPN + platform, the UFC PPVs could be purchased for a price of $ 64’99, while, after starting their broadcast on the platform, the PPVs kept their price, but the monthly subscription of $ 4.99 to ESPN +.
According to Meltzer, it is unknown if ESPN would be willing to pay between 140 and 160 million dollars for WWE’s emission rights to issue its PPVs in the $ 4.99 subscription service. This is why there is the possibility that the shows of the McMahon family company will have an additional cost for ESPN+ users, as is the case with UFC.
Since the premiere of WWE Network in 2014, WWE has been issuing its PPVs through the platform at no cost other than the $999 monthly subscription. Because of this, many fans could see negatively that WWE events on ESPN would have a full price. In the event that the agreement between WWE and ESPN became a reality, it is expected that PPVs will cease to be issued through the WWE Network.
In the newsletter, Meltzer emphasizes that a great benefit of the possible agreement with ESPN would be advertising, and that, in the face of major events, ESPN+ has always taken advantage of its other programs to promote the event. In addition, he believes that WWE superstars would receive a much higher level of exposure.