WWE's Monday Night RAW scores massive Netflix deal for 10 years: What to know

WWE's Monday Night Raw is bringing the smack down to Netflix next year, and here's everything you need to know about the huge deal.

WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins takes on Jinder Mahal. (Courtesy of WWE.com)
WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins takes on Jinder Mahal. (Courtesy of WWE.com) /
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WWE has been tearing up linear television for decades, with its various shows dominating cable and broadcast over the years. Now, it has set its sight on doing it all again on streaming. The sports entertainment juggernaut has announced that its flagship program Monday Night Raw will officially be moving to Netflix as of January 2025.

As reported by WWE.com, this is an historic deal and it will mark the first time that the show won't air on linear television in its legendary 31-year run. But that's just the impact of this deal in the US; it will be even more extensive around the world, as Netflix will become the streaming home for all things WWE internationally (including Raw, SmackDown, and NXT).

It's a lot to take in for WWE fans, but the good news is that we're here to break it down for you, with that, here's when you can expect to watch Raw on the streamer.

WWE Raw comes to Netflix in January 2025

If you're ready to watch Monday Night Raw on Netflix, you can begin doing that next year. The iconic show will begin releasing new episodes on the service in January 2025. As of writing, it has been confirmed that it will stream weekly in the US, Canada, UK and Latin America, with other territories to be announced over time. Those new episodes will stream every Monday night throughout the year.

As for whether Raw will be streamed live, that appears to be the case. WWE President Nick Khan commented: "We believe Netflix, as one of the world's leading entertainment brands, is the ideal long-term home for Raw's live, loyal, and ever-growing fan base." Those are words that will undoubtedly be music to fans' ears as part of the enjoyment of WWE is watching the events of Raw unfold live.

Deadline reports that the deal is for 10 years and more than $5 billion, meaning that WWE fans can expect to enjoy Raw as part of Netflix's library for the next decade.

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The Undertaker on the very first episode of WWE Monday Night Raw in January 1993. (Courtesy of WWE.com) /

To say the deal is a historic one would be an understatement. WWE Raw first premiered on USA Network back in January 1993. The main event match saw The Undertaker battle Damien Demento, and the show quickly became a hit, taking over from WWE Superstars as the company's flagship program. It moved to Spike TV in 2000 for five years before returning to USA Network in 2005, where it continues to perform incredibly well and trend across social media every Monday night. The move to Netflix will take it off linear TV for the first time in history and could very well start a new era for live programming when it comes to sports and sports entertainment.

Raw has produced some major WWE stars over the years, providing a helping hand in launching the main roster careers of The Rock, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Triple H, Kane, John Cena, Seth Rollins, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Charlotte Flair, Rhea Ripley and so many more. The Undertaker, who was already a star prior to Raw's debut, enjoyed some of the most iconic moments of his three-decade-long career on the show, appearing as recently as last year's 30th anniversary special.

How WWE's Netflix deal could impact the WWE Network in the UK

WWE Monday Night Raw will also be available to stream on Netflix in the United Kingdom from January 2025 as well, but it won't be coming to the service alone. It will also be joined by the company's other major weekly program, WWE Friday Night SmackDown, its developmental brand NXT, and its major Premium Live Events (such as the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series). Furthermore, the press release states that WWE’s award-winning documentaries, original series and forthcoming projects will also stream on Netflix internationally.

This greatly impacts how fans can watch WWE in the UK. Not only does it mean that the company's television deal with TNT Sports to house Raw and SmackDown will not be renewed (it was expected to expire at the end of this year), it also suggests that the WWE Network will be folded into Netflix now instead (much like how it was folded into Peacock in the US).

This means that WWE fans in the UK will be able to watch all of WWE's weekly programming as well as its premium live events and specials on Netflix from 2025 onwards. It's unclear if the classic episodes of Raw and SmackDown will be available on the streamer, but as those are currently on the WWE Network, they will likely make the jump to Netflix too.

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