Wrestling fans in South Africa has been spoiled rotten by Multi-Choice owned satellite television, DStv with a new Pop-up channel that launched on the 1st of August.
DStv Premium, DStv Compact Plus and DStv Compact subscribers will get access to an exclusive WWE po-up channel for 5 months, from 1 August until 31 December 2019. While DStv Family and DStv Access subscribers will get access until 21 August, that is 3-weeks of exclusive WWE content.
DStv will float WWE Raw, WWE Smackdown Live, Special events and WWE PPVs on this channel along with other WWE Network content, such as Total Bellas, the critically acclaimed Miz & Mrs, and WWE Vintage programming and documentaries that is only exclusively available on the WWE Network.
SuperSport CEO, Gideon Khobane said, “WWE has proved to be a fantastic acquisition for viewers across the continent. This is a natural evolution that reflect the excitement and growth around our WWE broadcasting.”
Not only is this a testament to WWE and DStv’s acquisition of their content, but also a strong reflection on the mainstream growth in popularity once more of professional wrestling, not only in the world but in Africa as a whole. With the WWE this year for the first time moved their broadcasting reach over 55 territories, the highest distribution deal the multi billion-dollar company has ever held, and an ever increase in desire for professional wrestling, with All Elite Wrestling (AEW) also penning a first of its kind deal with TNT, making their television debut on 2 October in the USA.
On the home front, Slamforce Africa launched this year officially as the only and first world-class professional wrestling promotion to operate in Africa, and is home based in South Africa, with their first debut live event taking place on 27 October, from the famous Rembrandt Hall at the University of Pretoria in Gauteng. With a first-time match between former WWE Champion Rob van Dam, a true South African favourite, and South Africa’s own former WWE Tag Team Champion, PJ Black (FKA Justin Gabriel), as well as former WWE Divas Champion Celeste Bonin (FKA Kaitlyn) and a large South Africa, America and North African presence on the card.
Professional wrestling is making a massive comeback, and nowhere is it making bigger strides than in Africa and particularly in the Republic of South Africa.
Plenty of tickets is still available for Slamforce Africa’s debut event, SFA01, although VVIP tickets has been sold out on the first day tickets went live.
Tickets to SFA01 can be bought at: www.slamforce-africa.com/home/events/
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