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Could Disney Buy WWE? – What’s happening on Disney Plus

Could Disney Buy WWE?  – What’s happening on Disney Plus
Could Disney Buy WWE?  – What’s happening on Disney Plus

Last year, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) chairman Vince McMahon resigned from the company after an investigation found he had paid nearly $15 million to four women over the age of 16 to quell claims of alleged sexual misconduct and infidelity.

This past week, Vince McMahon returned to the WWE board to facilitate potential sale talks of the company ahead of the company’s media rights renewal in 2024, saying in a statement:

“My return will allow WWE, as well as all transactional parties, to participate in these processes knowing that they will have the support of the controlling shareholder.”

According to CNBC, WWE has hired JPMorgan to help the company advise on a potential sale and reports that Disney is among the many companies that could be involved in buying WWE. The news of a potential sale of WWE pushed the share price up on the 17th% percent on Friday.

Late last year, Disney signed a short-term extension to keep many of WWE’s flagship shows like “RAW” and “NXT” available on Hulu in the US until 2024. The short-term deal with Hulu was made to tie up next-day streaming rights for those shows with linear media rights. In addition, Disney and WWE are working together on a new reality series with superstars Bianca Belair and Montez Ford.

In addition to the US deal with Hulu, Disney has signed other contracts with WWE for content, such as bringing the WWE Network to Disney+ Hotstar in Indonesia, which includes all the major weekly shows and premium live events such as the upcoming “Royal Rumble” .

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With Bob Iger back as Disney CEO, the chances of an acquisition are greatly improved, since he was behind Disney’s purchase of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 20th Century Fox.

Adding WWE to Disney’s already vast collection of franchises and brands could be a huge advantage, as Disney would use WWE to boost its streaming services like Disney+ or ESPN+, with brand new original sports entertainment every week, plus with its linear business, merchandising and theme park businesses, it can extend the brand.

WWE already has a performance center in Orlando and films the weekly “NXT” show nearby. Additionally, many wrestling promotions have used Universal Studios and Disney’s MGM Studios as locations for weekly tapings. WWE has also had themed restaurants and attractions in major cities such as New York and Niagara Falls.

Other companies that could potentially help buy WWE include traditional studios such as Comcast, Fox and Warner Brothers Discovery, or technology companies such as Amazon and Netflix. In addition, sports companies such as Endeavor and Liberty Media could potentially also enter the competition. Ultimately, in a world where IP and original programming are so important, WWE will look very attractive to all major streaming platforms.

Disney and WWE are already working together to bring the latest wrestling shows to Hulu and Disney+ Hotstar, so it’s already shown to be something Disney is interested in.

Could Disney Buy WWE? In the coming year, we will no doubt hear more about a potential sale of WWE, as a sale is not guaranteed, as Vince McMahon has also floated the idea of ​​taking the company private or simply trying to drum up interest in the upcoming 2024 media rights .Disney, much like any other company, will find great value in buying WWE, as it is rare to have brand new original programming constantly being created that pulls in an audience week after week.

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It might be a long shot, but anything can happen in WWE.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a child and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney parks all over the world and has a huge collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What’s On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: [email protected] Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk