Interrotta la partnership tra WWE e PROGRESS: i dettagli sul futuro streaming

Le due compagnie hanno deciso di separare le loro strade per quanto riguarda i servizi streaming e la PROGRESS punta a qualcosa di davvero grande

by Rachele Gagliardi
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Interrotta la partnership tra WWE e PROGRESS: i dettagli sul futuro streaming

Nelle scorse ore il giornalista di Fightful Sean Ross Sapp, aveva fatto sapere su Twitter che il rapporto tra la WWE e le federazioni indipendenti si sarebbe presto interrotto, con la compagnia dei McMahon che da tempo trasmetteva realtà come la PROGRESS sul WWE Newtwok: “Una fonte WWE ha indicato a Fightful che interromperanno i contenuti indie sul WWE Network,” queste le sue parole esatte.

Ora è arrivata ufficialmente la conferma proprio dalla PROGRESS, che ha voluto annunciare che non ci sarà più nessun loro contento sul sito di streaming targato WWE, nonostante fino ad oggi avessero caricato quasi 50 shows per i fan. La PROGRESS ha confermato che il rapporto è giunto al termine, in quanto entrambe le parti stanno "perseguendo diverse strategie di media digitali.” La compagnia ha annunciato che “sta trattando con una serie di media digitali di alto profilo globale e opzioni di streaming”, ma per ora, i fan possono ancora guardare la libreria PROGRESS e il prossimo capitolo 148 mostrano su DEMAND PROGRESS. I co-proprietari di PROGRESS Martyn Best e Lee McAteer hanno commentato la notizia ringraziando la WWE ed esprimendo il loro entusiasmo per il futuro.

Le dichiarazioni della PROGRESS

Di seguito vi lasciamo le parole che sono state scritte dalla federazione, sottolineando che hanno annunciato che torneranno negli Stati Uniti in occasione del weekend di WrestleMania a Los Angels:

“PROGRESS Wrestling‘s first show of 2023 was named START SPREADING THE NEWS
for a very clear reason, and they can now confirm that its very positive and long-standing
partnership with WWE Network is coming to a harmonious end. After six years and nearly 50 shows, both promotions are pursuing different digital media strategies, and fans of both WWE and PROGRESS are going to be the beneficiaries.

As one chapter closes, so they say, another one opens, and PROGRESS management can confirm that they are in discussions with a number of high profile global digital media and streaming options. PROGRESS own an unrivalled video library containing more than a decade’s worth of the best of independent wrestling, showcasing many household names that have wrestled at PROGRESS over the course of the past 11 years. Wrestlers such as Pete Dunne, Toni Storm, Walter (current WWE Intercontinental champion,
now known as Gunther), Adam Cole, AEW World Champion MJF, Samoa Joe, Swerve Strickland, Will Ospreay and Matt Riddle, to name just a few, have competed and enhanced their careers at PROGRESS Wrestling during this period.

This extensive content library has more than 650 hours, featuring 170 shows, which resulted in PROGRESS Wrestling being the biggest independent wrestling company to feature on the WWE Network. Fans will still be able to access their content library via DEMAND PROGRESS and Chapter 148 will be their first show since 2016 to feature exclusively here Further news announced at the eponymous chapter is that PROGRESS will be returning to the US in March at Los Angeles and linking up with WWE’s showcase WrestleMania 39. They also announced their first commercial sponsor in WrestleTours who are taking over 150 U.K. fans to WrestleMania.

PROGRESS co-owners Martyn Best and Lee McAteer said: “First of all, we want to say
thank you to the WWE for a fantastic six year relationship and we wish them all the very best for the future. “We are very excited for what the future now holds for PROGRESS Wrestling and we are currently in discussions with several high profile streaming platforms. Our US show during WrestleMania 39 is an exciting venture and we can only say that our recent decisions put us between a Rock and a hard place. “This is the first of a number of important announcements we have coming up in the next two
months, and there is no better place to start than just before our conveniently named first
show of the year, START SPREADING THE NEWS. “We would also like to say thank you to all of the fans for their support in 2022, our comeback year and for their continued support and with Sunday’s show marking the first not to be aired on the WWE Network for many years, we hope to see a great audience to watch an action packed show filled with our awesome talent.”"

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