WWE commentator, Corey Graves gave his thoughts on WWE’s new Peacock deal and criticised fan backlash over the move.
It was announced on January 25 that WWE had signed a deal for the WWE Network to be streamed exclusively on Peacock from March 18, in the United States.
Graves, speaking on his After the Bell podcast explained that he was surprised to hear criticism of the deal online:
“Why on earth would anybody not think this is an amazing move for a fan? If you can conquer your own laziness, it actually saves you money, it’s going to cost less than the WWE Network costs right now. This is who I think the move benefits the most, the lapsed fan. The fan who loves WWE or loved WWE maybe hasn’t watched for a few years, maybe doesn’t tune in every Monday or Friday.”
Graves explained how the deal would inevitably lead to the WWE Network reaching more people:
“Let’s say as you’re going to turn on The Office, you see the WWE Network logo pop up. Now a fan who says ‘Oh man, I used to love Goldberg, Stone Cold,’ you see that face, you click a button and now you bring fans back. It’s so easily accessible.”
The former NXT Tag Team Champion offered his final thoughts on the move:
“I think this is a great opportunity for lapsed fans who have not followed or maybe they just aren’t as in tuned with WWE as they should be. It’s all about access, it’s all about accessibility, it’s very exciting. Oh, and it’s cheaper than it already is. It’s a win, win, win.”
The WWE Network currently costs $9.99 per month in the States. The Peacock service can be streamed for as little as $4.99 per month, providing a WWE Network subscriber with thousands of hours of additional sports and entertainment content.
The first live WWE broadcast to air on Peacock will be the Fastlane pay-per-view on March 21.
h/t to Wrestling Inc. for transcription