WWE have announced that they have terminated their broadcast partnership with Russian broadcaster Match.
In a new press release, WWE have announced that they have shut down the WWE Network in Russia and terminated their partnership with Russian broadcaster Match. This action is effectively immediately.
WWE confirm that none of their programming of any kind will now be available to be accessed in Russia.
You can find the full press release below.
“WWE has terminated its partnership with Russian broadcaster Match and shut down WWE Network in Russia effective immediately.
The move eliminates access in Russia to any WWE programming, including the company’s weekly Raw, SmackDown and NXT shows, its on-demand library, and all of its premium live events, including WrestleMania 38.”
The move comes after sporting bodies across the globe have come under pressure to assess their connections with the nation after the invasion of Ukraine.
On March 2nd, the billionaire Russian owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich announced that he would be selling the reigning European Champions.
The Russian national team have also been banned all international tournaments going forward, while club teams have also been suspended from European competition.
Meanwhile, a statement from Formula One on March 3rd, announced that Russia will not be allowed to host a grand prix in the foreseeable future, after cancelling it’s contract with organisers. The 2022 event had already been cancelled following a meeting of the FIA World Motor Sport Council.