OVW’s Deal With Netflix Could Affect Other Promotions

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A new report shares details about OVW’s deal with Netflix and the effect it could have on other promotions.

Back in May, it was announced that Ohio Valley Wrestling had formed a deal with streaming giant Netflix for an upcoming reality series. Now, a new report from Fightful Select provides more details about when the deal was put in place and who is involved.

According to the report, the deal has actually been in the works for months and began filming on May 27th at the promotion’s show in Georgetown, KY. Additionally, the project is set to involve producers from Last Chance U, a current Netflix series that documents the journeys of several American football players at East Mississippi Community College as they try to become future NFL stars.

The report goes on to note that Netflix has retained the first right of refusal when it comes to OVW trying to gain television rights. In the wake of a Deadline report that the streaming giant is looking into live content, this could affect future negotiation for television rights deals for companies such as AEW and WWE.

Best known for being a former WWE developmental territory that trained the likes of John Cena, Batista, Brock Lesnar, and Randy Orton, OVW was purchased by an investor group led by Craig Greenberg and Matt Jones in 2021. Prior to that, the company was owned by former WWE Superstar Al Snow.