World wrestling now live on TV

2017-07-26 06:01
WWE Raw and WWE Smack Down set to be televised on Supersport.Photo: Supplied

WWE Raw and WWE Smack Down set to be televised on Supersport.Photo: Supplied

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World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and SuperSport, Africa’s premier sports broadcaster, announced a new live broadcast WWE programme to start on 28 August.

SuperSport will air WWE’s flagship shows Raw, SmackDown, WrestleMania and SummerSlam.

“WWE is a global phenomenon. Secu- ring the broadcast rights for SuperSport is a terrific coup,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport.

“The athletes are larger than life figures who command huge followings. Viewers will share in this entertainment spectacle in high definition.

Televising WWE programming live in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time is an important milestone,” said Ed Wells, international WWE executive vice-president.

SuperSport channels S3, S4, S9 and SS10 will televise Raw on Tuesdays and SmackDown on Wednesdays, offering both live telecasts and same-day re-airs. All WWE specials will be broadcast live, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. The programmes will be available with English commentary and on demand.

WWE programming will be made available across some of DStv’s general entertainment channels.

To celebrate the new partnership, SuperSport will televise the prior week’s episodes of Raw and SmackDown on Monday, 28 August.

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