WWE and Groupe AB have extended their partnership into its 18th year through a new, multiyear agreement to broadcast programming such as Raw and SmackDown in parts of Europe.
Groupe AB will broadcast the WWE shows in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco and Andorra. Groupe AB channels AB1, RTL9, AB3 and AB4 will televise Raw on Thursdays and SmackDown on Fridays. The channels will also air all WWE specials live, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble. All programs will be available with French commentary and on demand.
Richard Maroko, the deputy director general of Groupe AB, said, “Each week, WWE programs are major events and great successes for audience reach on our channels. We are proud to be a privileged partner of one of the biggest brands in entertainment.”
“Groupe AB shares our vision and passion for engaging and entertaining our fans,” added Ed Wells, the executive VP of WWE International. “Groupe AB has been a longtime, valued partner that enables us to showcase our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment across key markets.”