WWE Network launch date set for UK and Ireland

The WWE wrestling organisation has announced its WWE Network pay-television channel will launch in the UK and Ireland on January 19.

The roll-out of the service will come ahead of the WWE’s annual showpiece Royal Rumble event on January 25 and it will be available on iOS and Android devices, gaming consoles, smart television, digital media players and directly online.

WWE Network launched in the US last February and was due to arrive on the other side of the Atlantic on November 3, only for the WWE to pull the plug 20 minutes before its scheduled launch.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky holds the television rights to WWE in the UK and Ireland through 2019 under an existing five-year deal and will continue to air its high-rating weekly Raw and Smackdown shows.

It was widely reported that negotiations between WWE and Sky caused the delayed launch of WWE Network in the UK and Ireland. WWE Network is already available in more than 150 territories around the world.

WWE Network will be available for £9.99 (€12.50/$15.50) per month in the UK and €12.99 per month in Ireland.