WWE and FOX Sports announce non-exclusive deal to air WrestleMania, Backstage returns

WWE and FOX Sports

WWE and FOX Sports have issued a press release announcing a non-exclusive deal to air WrestleMania across FOX Sports platforms.

WrestleMania will be available on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 for $59.99. FS1 will also have a WrestleMania Kickoff Show both nights at 6 p.m. Eastern/5 Central. WrestleMania will still be available on the WWE Network as well as other PPV providers.

Starting today, 22 hours of WWE content will air, starting with the 2020 Royal Rumble a 7 p.m. Eastern/6 Central. WWE Backstage will also return to the air in a modified remote format with Renee Young, Booker T, Paige, and Mark Henry at 11 p.m. Eastern/10 Central.

You can view the full press release below:

FOX Sports Delivers Massive Slate of WWE Programming

WRESTLEMANIA Pay-Per-View Debuts Across FOX Sports Platforms

22 Hours of Timeless WWE Content to Air on FS1

WWE BACKSTAGE Returns to FS1 Tonight at 11:00 PM ET

LOS ANGELES – FOX Sports teams up with WWE to offer a new slate of action-packed programming to viewers, including the network’s first-ever pay-per-view presentation of WRESTLEMANIA on the FOX Sports App and FOXSports.com. WRESTLEMANIA, hosted by FOX Sports’ very own Rob Gronkowski, will be held as a two-night event for the first-time ever this Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 at 7:00 PM ET.

Viewers can live stream two nights of the WRESTLEMANIA pay-per-view for $59.99 on the FOX Sports and FOX NOW Apps via mobile and connected devices such as Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, Xbox One and Roku or at FOXSports.com. WRESTLEMANIA KICKOFF PART 1 and PART 2 begin coverage this Saturday and Sunday night at 6:00 PM ET on FS1 and FOX Deportes, with a panel of experts breaking down the night’s upcoming matches.

FOX Sports will present 22 hours of timeless WWE content to air on Tuesday nights this spring, beginning with ROYAL RUMBLE 2020 tonight at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. Additional programming on FS1 includes one-hour editions of WRESTLEMANIA 31, WRESTLEMANIA 33 and WRESTLEMANIA 34, in addition to other specials from the “WWE 24” and “Ruthless Aggression” series. Content also includes WWE’s brand-new series titled “Best Of WWE” featuring “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, John Cena, Charlotte Flair, Ric Flair, Brock Lesnar, Becky Lynch, Shawn Michaels, Roman Reigns and The Undertaker.

“We’re pleased to offer this new slate of WWE programming for viewers during these challenging times,” said Mark Silverman, President, National Networks, FOX Sports. “We hope this lineup of sports entertainment programming serves as a much-needed relief for fans. We appreciate the hard work and creativity of the teams on both sides of our long-term partnership with WWE.”

“Six months after our historic partnership brought SMACKDOWN to its new home on FOX, we are thrilled to deliver even more premium programming, including WRESTLEMANIA, across the entire FOX Sports portfolio,” said Stephanie McMahon, WWE Chief Brand Officer. “In partnership with FOX Sports, it’s a privilege to be able to entertain our fans each week and put smiles on their faces particularly during a time when they need it the most.”

A full programming schedule including all events and specials will follow at a later date.

Finally, television’s only WWE-focused studio show, WWE BACKSTAGE, returns to FS1 in a modified remote format tonight at 11:00 PM ET on FS1. Host Renee Young and analysts Booker T, Mark Henry and Paige join from their homes to discuss the latest news and make their predictions ahead of WRESTLEMANIA.