wXw Wrestling Leaving WWE Network and Peacock – The End Of The Indie Wrestling On The Platform

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Ever since WWE Network moved to Peacock in the United States, the week-to-week offerings of WWE content for the Network dwindled. Multiple shows got canceled or moved to other networks while most of the new non-PLE content, such as WWE Evil and a number of signature documentaries, went Peacock exclusive. One of the last offerings of the indie promotions will cease to be watched at the end of this month.

After May 31st, wXw will leave the WWE Network and Peacock and become the last currently active promotion to leave the service. The last event released by wXw on the WWE Network was wXw 23rd Anniversary on March 2nd 2024, which was wXw’s overall last 2023 event. There were gaps between Saturday drops in the meanwhile, but after this, no wXw shows have been released with none of the 2024 shows having been available on the WWE Network.

wXw is Europe’s biggest independent promotion which housed multiple stars currently seen on Raw, SmackDown, NXT and Premium Live Events such as Gunther, Ilja Dragunov, Lyra Valkyria, Oro Mensah, Ludwig Kaiser and more. Multiple stars wrestled on wXw while being signed with WWE as well, with Gunther vs Cara Noir from wXw 21st Anniversary being the most recent example. This news isn’t too surprising as last year, PROGRESS and ICW moved from the WWE Network after their partnerships with the WWE expired. The mentioned promotions now air their shows live on DemandPROGRESS Plus and TrillerTV Plus respectively. wXw kept on releasing content well into 2023 and the first quarter of 2024.

This marks the official end of indie wrestling not owned by WWE on both streaming platforms.


The Future of wXw’s Programming

Like the other promotions mentioned above, wXw does have their own streaming outlet under wXwNOW. The service, under YouTube Membership, started airing all of their aired shows live this year with post produced versions appearing shortly thereafter with German and English commentary. Before that change, wXw events always appeared on wXwNOW first before coming to the WWE Network. Maybe that after the deal expires, wXw uses licensed theme music again for its shows, but that change took time with ICW and PROGRESS to switch over as well (and some wrestlers still use their WWE Network themes there).


What are your thoughts on wXw leaving WWE Network? Are you bummed out on the content leaving or are you more on the indifferent side?

It’s been a privilege and an honor to cover wXw events at the end of the WWE Network run, especially seeing wrestlers that have wrestled in my local indie promotions and who I’ve interacted with during said indie shows. Looks like that the non-WWE coverage on this site will permanently come to an end for the time being, but at least it’ll be written someplace. I hope NXT Europe will materialize and continues showcasing the best wrestlers of Europe compared to the inaccessible/impoverished scene that it has been pre-NXT UK and stays at, due to the European indie scene staying at small promotions without a clear and concise way to access them, let alone an equivalent to an NJPW/AAA/AEW. I hope either NXT Europe or someone/someplace else gives the European wrestling scene the accessible, big stage it deserves.

 

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