WWE is hyping up WrestleMania 38 as the biggest ever. The multi-day event also includes SmackDown and the Hall of Fame on Friday night, NXT on Saturday, and Raw on Monday. That doesn’t include pre-shows. There is going to be plenty for the WWE Universe to consume over those days.
With nearly twenty hours of WrestleMania-related programming, it makes sense to get as much coverage as humanly possible. Kick-off shows are the evolution of the old school countdown shows that were presented on pay-per-view channels free to entice viewers to but the upcoming event. If WWE wants the maximum number of eyes on Peacock for WrestleMania 38, they may have a huge opportunity to do so.
Andrew Zarian tweeted earlier today that talk is starting to build about one of WWE’s television partners carrying the pre-show. NBC Universal owns both Peacock and USA Network. USA Network is WWE’s partner for Monday Night Raw. It looks like the pre-show for night one (Saturday) will be carried on the USA as well as the usual streaming platforms.
“Hearing rumblings that the WrestleMania Preshow on Saturday 4.2 will be Simulcasted on USA from 7-8 pm ET”
If that news is true, WWE has an opportunity to move some new subscribers to Peacock. USA Network reaches 90.4 million households in the United States. There are bound to be casual viewers who see the preshow and decide that WrestleMania is a bargain for just a few dollars.
We will see if WWE makes an official announcement any time soon. Vince McMahon is hoping to make this a monumental event comparable to the legendary WrestleMania events of a bygone era. The preshow being on USA would go a long way towards building the hype.
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