Every WWE fan living in the Philippines will officially not be able to watch WWE Television starting with the April 17, 2017 episode of Monday Night Raw.
Naga City, Philippines – Fox Networks Group has abruptly announced that it won’t be renewing its agreement to broadcast WWE programming in the Philippines. This sudden stoppage of the broadcast rights includes WWE content such as Monday Night Raw, SmackDown Live, Main Event, etc.
The official Twitter account of FOX Philippines sent a tweet apologizing for the abrupt and sudden DELETION of WWE broadcasting. It further explained that fans should keep following WWE.com and WWE’s social media accounts to keep updated on future announcements.
There are no announcements at this time on which broadcaster will take the baton in showing Raw and SmackDown Live.
The only true losers in this whole debacle are the fans. The WWE is at an important point of its existence wherein global expansion is one of its major priorities. This incidence will be a major setback since the Philippines is a major market in the Southeast Asian region. WWE Superstars such as TJ Perkins and Batista are known to be of Filipino ethnicity. The Raw roster, plus John Cena, came to Manila last year and had a WWE Live Event (House Show).
In response to the absence of WWE in Philippine television, WWE Southeast Asia’s Twitter account tweeted good but not great news that there will be a 90-minute same-day telecast of Monday Night Raw on the official WWE YouTube Channel. This will be a condensed version of Raw since the show runs for 3 hours.
Stay tuned for more announcements.