• AEW Signs A TV Deal In India, How Many Viewers Does WWE Have In India?
All Elite Wrestling has signed a TV deal in India with Eurosport, to air AEW Dynamite, AEW Rampage, and their 4 pay-per-views a year.
The deal will kick off on August 15 (which is celebrated as India’s Independence Day).
AEW President Tony Khan said the following about this deal:
“In less then two years since launching AEW DYNAMITE, we’ve started a professional wrestling revolution.
Through our partnership with Eurosport India, we’re looking forward to showcasing the best professional wrestling that fans in India demand and deserve.
We were an instant success in the U.S., and now fans across the world are discovering AEW, feeling refreshed and excited about professional wrestling again.
We can’t wait for fans in India to experience our dynamic storytelling, high-flying action and incredible roster of global stars and homegrown talent on a weekly basis.”
Vijay Rajput (Head of Eurosport India) said the following:
“Pro-wrestling is a sport that every kid in India has grown up watching, and its popularity is on the rise.
Eurosport has always believed in building communities and bringing quality content for passionate fans.
AEW, in a short period, has grown rapidly and this partnering with AEW allows us to bring to our fans some of the biggest names in the pro-wrestling world—thus strengthening our commitment of bringing world-class action to fans.”
This is a big move for AEW, since WWE’s biggest fanbase is in India.
WWE’s RAW, SmackDown, NXT and PPVs are shown live on Sony Ten channels (the #1 sports channel in India).
According to various reports, 50 million Indians watch RAW and SmackDown every week, and 89 million Indians watched WrestleMania 33 on TV back in 2017.
On the other hand, WWE barely draws 2 million viewers on TV in USA nowadays.
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• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 1, 1988) – WWF Prime Time Wrestling
On this day in 1988, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Prime Time Wrestling’.
It featured pre-taped matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1988’ PPV.
The match-card can be found right here:
– The Conquistadors vs. Sam Houston & Terry Taylor
– Ken Patera vs. Tom Stone
– King Haku vs. SD Jones
– Bret Hart & Jim Neidhart vs. Rick Renslow & Dave Wagner
– The Big Boss Man vs. Chris Goodman
– The Ultimate Warrior, Davey Boy Smith & The Dynamite Kid vs. Mr. Fuji & Demolition