World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and SuperSport, Africa’s premier sports broadcaster, will air WWE’s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown, as well as WWE specials including WrestleMania and SummerSlam, starting on Monday 28 August.
This follows the multi-year agreement to broadcast WWE programming live for the first time in more than 50 countries throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
“WWE is a global phenomenon, so securing the broadcast rights for SuperSport is a terrific coup,” said Gideon Khobane, chief executive of SuperSport.
“The athletes involved are larger than life figures who command huge followings. At long last our viewers will get to share in this entertainment spectacle in high definition.”
According to an international WWE executive vice president, Ed Wells, SuperSport is a partner who shares their vision and passion for engaging with and entertaining fans.
“Televising WWE programming live in sub-Saharan Africa for the first time is an important milestone for us and we look forward to working with SuperSport to cultivate new fans in the region.”
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. All programmes will be available with English commentary and on demand.
WWE programming will also 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 (28/08).