WWE and SKY in New Zealand announced that they will extend their partnership into its 19th year with a new agreement to continue broadcasting WWE programming live in the country, including WWE’s flagship shows Raw and Smackdown as well as all of WWE’s live monthly special events, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble.
SKY 5 will continue airing Raw live at 2PM on Tuesdays with replays at 1:30PM on Sundays, Smackdown Live at 2PM on Wednesdays with replays at 4:15PM on Sundays, and Main Even at 6PM on Sundays. These shows will also be available for catch-up viewing on SKY On Demand.
Additionally, Prime, SKY’s free-to-air channel, will televise one-hour versions of Raw and Smackdown on Fridays beginning in 2019. Fans can order all of WWE’s live monthly special events on SKY pay-per-view channel, SKY Arena.
“SKY shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans, and we are proud to extend our long-standing partnership with them,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This agreement allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family friendly entertainment live in New Zealand.”
“For almost 20 years we’ve given passionate WWE fans in New Zealand the ability to watch their favourite Superstars and we’re thrilled to extend this relationship,” said Rachel Thomson, SKY’s Manager of General Entertainment Channels. “With our live coverage, fans won’t miss a minute of Raw and SmackDown each week, and they also have the option of watching WWE’s exciting live monthly specials on SKY Arena. We are also pleased to offer WWE content to more Kiwis with condensed versions of Raw and SmackDown on our free-to-air channel, Prime.”