Japan: WWE, J SPORTS extend content partnership
December 21, 2018
World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and J SPORTS will extend their partnership into its 22nd year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE’s flagship shows Raw and SmackDown live in Japan. Beginning January 1st 2019, J SPORTS 4 will air Raw live on on Tuesdays and SmackDown live on Wednesdays.
Additionally, beginning January 7th, J SPORTS 3 will air a one-hour version of Raw on Mondays and a one-hour version of SmackDown on Tuesdays. Fans can also order all of WWE’s monthly specials, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble on J SPORTS On Demand with Japanese subtitles.
“We are thrilled to extend our relationship with J SPORTS and air Raw and SmackDown live in Japan,” said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. “This partnership allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to fans across the country.”
“It has been more than 20 years since J SPORTS and WWE tapped into a partnership to broadcast WWE programming,” added Shin Kinoshita, President, J SPORTS. “We are pleased to extend our partnership to broadcast WWE programming live, and add WWE’s monthly specials to the programming lineup for all WWE fans in Japan to enjoy.”