As had been rumoured several weeks ago, WWE will be leaving long-time UK broadcasting partner Sky Sports at the end of year and moving to rival BT Sport.
BT officially confirmed the deal today on Twitter, announcing that WWE will air on the station from January 2020.
In the announcement it was confirmed that Raw and SmackDown will both air on the channel and that WWE pay-per-views will be available on BT Sport Box Office.
🚨 ANNOUNCEMENT 🚨
BT Sport will be the new home of WWE in the UK and Ireland from January 2020.
WWE's monthly pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania, will be available on BT Sport Box Office. pic.twitter.com/xutPHiW6q1
— BT Sport (@btsport) June 20, 2019
This marks the end of WWE’s longest running television partnership, with the Sky deal dating back to the late 1980s.
WWE in the Hulkamania era was one of the key draws for Sky in its formative years.
Sky and WWE have worked together ever since, almost exclusively, other than a brief period in 2000-01 where WWE was also airing programming (Sunday Night Heat and some PPVs) on terrestrial station Channel 4.
BT Sport is believed to have around 1.8 million subscribers to the channel (which is a paid service), significantly fewer than the amount of homes with Sky Sports.