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Bully Ray – ‘The Netflix Deal Is Not Going To Affect WWE’

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WWE Monday Night RAW will be airing on Netflix starting in January 2025. This will be the first time RAW will not air new episodes on a traditional television network.

The deal with Netflix is worth $500 million annually and will span over ten years. This represents a significant increase compared to WWE’s previous deal with NBCU, valued at approximately $250-260 million per year.

On a recent edition of the “Busted Open Radio” podcast, Bully Ray weighed in on the massive $5 billion streaming deal between WWE and Netflix.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On the bump in rights fees: “Based on the price tag, it’s a ten-year deal worth five billion … dollars. For that amount of money? I mean, how much was Fox paying ‘SmackDown’ per year? 285 million dollars? This is a significant increase.”

On if moving to Netflix will hurt WWE’s audience: “This is not going to affect the WWE, and maybe going to Netflix might be a tad more difficult than turning on the USA Network, it’ll take some getting used to… WWE just doesn’t make these whimsical decisions, everything is based on business.”

On the one issue he has with it: “What is some of the things we’re not going to do while watching Monday Night RAW? Okay, we can’t channel surf When is this going to be an issue for me? Maybe during Monday Night Football season? Because I can’t flip back and forth…. They have no restraints, and the WWE likes it when they don’t have to answer to anybody.”