WWE and J Sports have reached a new agreement that will see WWE’s flagship shows continue to air in Japan.
The new deal between WWE and J Sports extends their partnership into its 22nd year, bringing more Raw and SmackDown to Japanese audiences. J Sports 4 will broadcast Raw live at 10 a.m., on Tuesdays starting January 1, and SmackDown live at 10 a.m., on Wednesdays. Further, J Sports 3 will air a one-hour version of Raw on Mondays at 10 p.m., and a one-hour version of SmackDown Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Fans can also order all of WWE’s monthly specials with Japanese subtitles, including WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble via J Sports On Demand.
“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.”
Shin Kinoshita, president of J Sports, added: “It has been more than 20 years since J Sports and WWE tapped into a partnership to broadcast WWE programming. 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.”