In the past few hours, the Fightful journalist Sean Ross Sapp had made it known on Twitter that the relationship between WWE and the independent federations would soon be interrupted, with the McMahon company which for some time had been broadcasting realities such as PROGRESS on the WWE Newtwok: "A source WWE has indicated to Fightful that they will discontinue indie content on the WWE Network,” these are his exact words.
Now the confirmation has officially arrived from PROGRESS, who wanted to announce that there will no longer be any of their content on the WWE streaming site, despite having uploaded almost 50 shows for fans to date. PROGRESS confirmed that the relationship has come to an end, as both sides are “pursuing different digital media strategies”.
The company has announced that it is "dealing with a number of high-profile global digital media and streaming options," but for now, fans can still watch the PROGRESS library and the upcoming Chapter 148 show on PROGRESS DEMAND.
by PROGRESS Martyn Best and Lee McAteer commented on the news thanking WWE and expressing their excitement for the future.
WWE wastes no time
Below we leave you the words that were written by the federation, underlining that they have announced that they will return to the United States on the occasion of the WrestleMania weekend in Los Angels: “PROGRESS Wrestling's first show of 2023 was named START SPREADING THE NEWS for a very clear reason, and they can now confirm that its very positive and long-standing partnership with WWE Network is coming to a harmonious end.
After six years and nearly 50 shows, both promotions are pursuing different digital media strategies, and fans of both WWE and PROGRESS are going to be the beneficiaries. As one chapter closes, so they say, another one opens, and PROGRESS management can confirm that they are in discussions with a number of high profile global digital media and streaming options.
PROGRESS own an unrivaled video library containing more than a decade's worth of the best of independent wrestling, showcasing many household names that have wrestled at PROGRESS over the course of the past 11 years. Wrestlers such as Pete Dunne, Toni Storm, Walter (current WWE Intercontinental champion, now known as Gunther), Adam Cole, AEW World Champion MJF, Samoa Joe, Swerve Strickland, Will Ospreay and Matt Riddle, to name just a few, have competed and enhanced their careers at PROGRESS Wrestling during this period.
This extensive content library has more than 650 hours, featuring 170 shows, which resulted in PROGRESS Wrestling being the biggest independent wrestling company to feature on the WWE Network. Fans will still be able to access their content library via DEMAND PROGRESS and Chapter 148 will be their first show since 2016 to feature exclusively here Further news announced at the eponymous chapter is that PROGRESS will be returning to the US in March at Los Angeles and linking up with WWE's showcase WrestleMania 39.
They also announced their first commercial sponsor in WrestleTours who are taking over 150 U.K. fans at WrestleMania."