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Confirmed at time of publication

WWE Royal Rumble
January 27.
Tropicana Field
St. Petersburg, Florida

WWE Elimination Chamber: Perth
February 24.
Optus Stadium
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

WWE WrestleMania 40
April 6, April 7.
Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

WWE Backlash: France
May 4.
LDLC Arena
Décines-Charpieu, Greater Lyon, France

WWE Money in the Bank
July 6.
Scotiabank Arena
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WWE Bash in Berlin
August 31.
Mercedes-Benz Arena
Berlin, Germany

Media Man: WWE, part of the TKO Group is riding a wave of momentium. Strike while the iron is hot. Global domination of the professional wrestling landscape continues. Premium Live Events is the newer term what previously were called Pay-Per-View (PPV) events. Under leadership of Nick Khan and Triple H WWE is powering ahead in a very much global major event direction, as well as presenting amazing storytelling and in-ring action, while the marketing, merch and media arms keep powering ahead, frequently breaking and smashing records. Back in our Optus TV PPV and Main Event TV collaboration work at Optus we always saw the potential of massive WWE growth, but certainly never saw it getting this big. - Greg Tingle, Media Man Group


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UFC - Foxtel Group Pay-Per-View Partnership

January 2024

Kayo Sports (part of The Foxtel Group), out of Australia, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
have officially commenced a new multi-year agreement from January 1, 2024, which sees Main Event
– available only on Kayo Sports and Foxtel – become the exclusive home of UFC Pay-Per-View events down under in Australia aka Terror Australis! The readership knows we like media on the edge, so we've got to slip the Aussie slang in every now and again to suit the theme right.

The first Pay-Per-View (PPV) exclusive event will see UFC middleweight Champion Sean "Tarzan" Strickland make his virgin title defence against South African Dricus "Stillknocks" Du Plessis as they marquee UFC 297 direct from Toronto on January 21.

This partnership casts Main Event as the undisputed home of PPV in Australia, with a prized tradition of showcasing the biggest UFC fights across the globe, as well as being a key part of seeing up and coming top range fighters climb to the top since 2008.

Under the terms of the new agreement, fans looking to hit up a buy of a UFC PPV will be redirected to Foxtel and Kayo Sports’ Main Event platform for exclusive access to world class matches. UFC Fight Pass will continue to broadcast live UFC fights, including the Preliminary bouts to UFC PPV events and each UFC Fight Night event in its entirety, in addition to live and on-demand combat sports and unforgettable archived bouts from around the world.

In addition to all the UFC PPV events, sports fans can expect a full menu of UFC content, including UFC Fight Nights, UFC Pay-Per-View Prelims, UFC Countdown, DC & RC, plus selected titles from UFC’s Fight Library on ESPN, available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.

Ahead of the UFC’s first PPV event in 2024, Australian foodie critic, MasterChef Australia judge and self-confessed fanatic Melissa Leong will host UFC Fight Week on Wednesday, January 17, available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel. Melissa will be joined by panellists Tyson Pedro and Dan Hooker as they break down UFC 297 and interview Middleweight Champion Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis. The show will be replayed daily leading up to the event.

UFC’s popularity has boomed since it was first broadcast in Australia in 2008. There are now in excess of 700 million UFC fans across the globe. In Australia and New Zealand, UFC counts more than 4.3 million fans and features the youngest fan base of any professional sport in Australia with 48 per cent aged between 18-39. These stats are gold to the business of sports marketing, sports media and other associated business arms.

“We’re excited to strengthen and expand our relationship with the UFC, the fastest growing sport in the world, and 2024 will deliver a line-up of epic battles, kicking on January 21 with UFC 297,” said Rebecca McCloy, executive director of commercial sport at Foxtel Group.

“Foxtel and Kayo Sports are the best sports broadcasters in the country and they have backed UFC in Australia since the beginning. Together, we will continue to grow UFC in Australia and they will be the destination for the biggest and baddest fights we put on year-round,” said UFC president Dana White.

It will be a full UFC schedule on Main Event in 2024. Following UFC 297, all eyes will turn to Australia’s fan-favourite UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander Volkanovski for his much-anticipated title defence against Georgian Ilia Topuria at UFC 298 in California on February 18.

Media Man: Combat sports PPVs certainly have boomed in Australia since circa 1996 to 2000 when we most closely collaborated and cross promoted with Main Event while working for Optus Vision/Communications in a full-time capacity. The UFC continued to build upon the earlier success of pro boxing and pro wrestling on pay-per-view. The YouTube and social media based features are great, but there's nothing quite like a main event MMA match on PPV for those who live and breath combat sports. Many fighters and former fighters these days even have their own channels across the internet. Exciting times for combat sports fans as well as for those who work in and around the industry. Another chance to ground and pound and KO with the best of them thanks to the UFC, Kayo Sports and Main Event.

Videos To Help Get Casual and Hardcore Fans Up To Speed on UFC 297

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WWE and Slim Jim return to the ring with a record-breaking partnership ahead of SummerSlam

3rd August 2023


WWE and Slim Jim today announced a multi-layered partnership that will begin with Slim Jim serving as the Presenting Sponsor of a marquee match at SummerSlam on Saturday, Aug. 5 at Ford Field in Detroit. This partnership between the two iconic brands pays homage to their shared, savage past and marks the largest sponsorship deal in WWE history.

WWE and Slim Jim first crossed paths thirty years ago with a series of explosive, in-your-face Slim Jim commercials, featuring “Macho Man” Randy Savage debuting the famous tagline “Snap Into a Slim Jim!” that has remained a hallmark of the Slim Jim brand ever since. The two global brands will tap into that rich history with a reenergized, multi-platform campaign which begins with “The SummerSlam Battle Royal Presented by Slim Jim,” the first of several custom integrations at WWE’s Premium Live Events. As part of the pact, Slim Jim will also activate at Survivor Series in November, in addition to Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 40 in 2024.

“Alongside our partners at Slim Jim and Conagra Brands, WWE is excited to renew one of the most memorable collaborations in sports entertainment history and there’s no better way to kick off the partnership than a 20-man Battle Royal at SummerSlam,” said Craig Stimmel, WWE SVP, Head of Global Sales and Partnerships.

“Slim Jim has always been about crushing boredom and doing the unexpected, which is also the cornerstone of WWE and their memorable lineup of bold, in-your-face Superstars,” said Spencer Fivelson, VP & General Manager of Snacks at Conagra Brands. “We’re thrilled to be back in the ring with WWE to build on our shared history and celebrate the savage energy of today’s WWE Superstars.”

In addition to the live event integrations, the WWE and Slim Jim partnership will include custom content and social media executions with Superstar talent, online sweepstakes to drive fan engagement, in-store activations and more.

Learn more about “The SummerSlam Battle Royal Presented by Slim Jim” here.


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Logan Paul @LoganPaul and KSI @KSI will fight on the same card together. The rivals-turned-Prime business partners will headline a DAZN pay-per-view card on October 14 in Manchester. KSI via Instagram: The PRIME card is here! "We will both fight on the same night for the first time since our rematch in 2019, live on DAZN @DAZNBoxing PPV. Opponents will be announced soon."

Mams Taylor, KSI's manager, commented: "The most epic card in history incoming. Guaranteed!" KSI, 30, drew with Paul, 28, in 2018 before winning the rematch a year later by split-decision when they turned pro.

Paul is also signed to the world's largest/leading pro wrestling promotion, the WWE @WWE and has been able to showcase his energy drink Prime @PrimeHydrate a number of times as part of his pro wrestling/sports entertainment deal.

The WWE used to have PPV (Pay-Per-View) events but over the past few years migrated over to a PLE (Premium Live Event) and streaming service model, originally the WWE Network @WWENetwork , before many countries got the service and the former PPV's via a local media company. In Australia for example what was previously WWE Network content moved over to Binge @binge . Are you following us still?!

Streaming service lingo also included OTT (Over the top), the service - not the movies and docos of the same name. Media Man wishes Paul, KSI and their boxing squad well in their upcoming bouts.

The Media Man Group is currently increasing its streaming, PPV and combat sports coverage as the industry continues to be disrupted, with modest zine media firms such as MMA also doing some of the disrupting! As Aussie MMA (UFC @ufc ) living legend Volk told us during the week via a live mic, "what an exciting time"..(to be in the UFC), but the statement also holds much truth for the overall state of fighting sports as each fight promotion continues to carve our their own niche. The gloves are just about off in the world of fight promotions, but rivals still show respect for competing outfits, as well they might, as fighters are known to change "mobs" and promoters from time to time. Logan Paul (and his brother Jake Paul), as well as KSI, remain well placed to cash in on the ongoing battles in and out of the ring.

Paul has also had a recent back and forward with Aussie grappler Grayson Waller @GraysonWWE ..but now it appears they are more mates than rivals. 'The Rock's @TheRock name also gets dropped on the Paul podcasts from time to time. These Paul's are heat and headline generators. Part of the name of the game, and they know it! It's a Win-Win-Win as society shows little in the way of loosing their primal instinct for a good old fashioned fight (with a dash of social media on top to boot).



Foxtel Group Becomes Exclusive Provider Of UFC Pay Per View Events In Australia

New Multi-Year Agreement Gives Foxtel and ayo Sports Subscribers Exclusive Access to Purchase UFC’s Biggest Events



UFC, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, and Foxtel Group today announced a new multi-year agreement that will make Foxtel and Kayo Sports the exclusive distributor of all UFC Pay Per Views in Australia.

Starting in January 2024, all UFC Pay Per View events will be broadcast exclusively on Main Event on Foxtel and Kayo Sports, while Foxtel will also remain the exclusive UFC Commercial Pay Per View provider through its commercial arm Foxtel for Business. The agreement extends UFC’s long-standing relationship with Foxtel Group, which first began broadcasting UFC programming in 2008.

“I am excited that we are extending our broadcast partnership with Foxtel Group,” said UFC President, Dana White. “Foxtel and Kayo Sports are the best sports broadcasters in the country, and they have backed UFC in Australia since the beginning. Together, we will continue to grow UFC in Australia, and they will be the destination for the biggest and baddest fights we put on year-round. I can’t wait to get back to Sydney for UFC 293 this September. See you then Australia!”

Foxtel Group CEO, Patrick Delany, said: “For 15 years we have been bringing the biggest UFC fights to Australian audiences and this new agreement will extend and elevate that partnership on the cusp of a golden era for the sport. UFC boasts one of the youngest fan bases of any professional sport in the country and it’s exciting to continue our partnership with a brand that has such enormous growth potential – both at home and abroad. It’s the perfect match for our more than 3 million sports subscribers streaming on Kayo Sports and Foxtel.”

Following a three-year absence, UFC returned to Australia earlier this year in February with UFC 284: MAKHACHEV VS. VOLKANOVSKI at RAC Arena in Perth. The event recorded a gate of AUS $5.8M (USD $3.9M), making it the highest-grossing event ever for any arena in Australia. Ten fighters from Australia and New Zealand appeared on the card, including current UFC Featherweight Champion Alexander “The Great” Volkanovski, Jack Della Maddalena, Justin Tafa, Jimmy Crute, Joshua Culibao, and Jamie Mullarkey, highlighting the level of MMA talent in UFC from the region.

Following this hugely successful return, UFC will cement its commitment to the market with UFC 293 scheduled to take place on Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney on Sunday, September 10. The event will mark UFC’s first return to Sydney since 2017 and its first Pay Per View in Sydney since 2011. UFC’s return to Sydney is a result of its new partnership with the New South Wales (NSW) Government through its Tourism and Events agency Destination NSW and will be the first of three Pay-Per-View events to be held in Sydney over the next four years.

UFC’s popularity has soared since it was first broadcast in Australia in 2008. There are now more than 700 million UFC fans across the globe, including a total of 243 million followers across UFC’s social media channels. In Australia and New Zealand combined, UFC counts more than 4.3 million fans and 6 million social media followers and features one of the youngest fan bases of any professional sport in Australia, with 48% aged between 18-39.

Since 2010, UFC has presented 16 live events in Australia, including sold-out shows at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena, Perth Arena, Brisbane Entertainment Centre, Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Gold Coast Convention Centre. These events have had a combined attendance of over 280,000 fans, with millions more watching on Pay Per View and broadcast television globally.



WWE Night Of Champions Reportedly Earned Highest Viewership Of Any Saudi Arabia Show - 31st May 2023

According to a report from Fightful Select, Saturday's Night of Champions PLE scored WWE the highest viewership out of any of the company's Saudi Arabia events since the partnership between the two began in 2013. The report states that Night of Champions brought in an 18% increase in viewership compared to last year's Crown Jewel event, and the company is reportedly quite happy with its holiday weekend results.

Night of Champions was headlined by Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn successfully defending the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship against Roman Reigns and Solo Sikoa of The Bloodline, with a major angle taking place on the show that saw The Usos turn on Reigns after more than a year of build-up and tension.This marks the second time a tag team match has served as the main event of a major WWE show in recent months. Additional matches on the show included Seth Rollins vs. AJ Styles to decide the first WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a singles match between Becky Lynch and Trish Stratus, and a Backlash rematch pitting Brock Lesnar against Cody Rhodes, among others.

To date, WWE has held nine PPVs and PLEs in Saudi Arabia, along with three house shows. Back in 2019, WWE announced that they had "expanded their partnership" with Saudi Arabia, and that they would be hosting two major events per year in the Middle Eastern nation through at least 2027. Though it hasn't been announced yet, WWE will likely return to Saudi Arabia for another Crown Jewel event later this year.




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AEW and NJPW Announce First-Ever Joint Pay-Per-View Event,“AEW x NJPW: FORBIDDEN DOOR”


-- Live from the United Center in Chicago on Sunday, June 26, this landmark PPV represents the next step in professional wrestling’s revolution --

April 20, 2022 -- Moments ago on AEW: Dynamite live on TBS, the hinges were fully ripped off the Forbidden Door, as it was announced that AEW and New Japan Pro Wrestling will present their first ever joint pay-per-view special this summer. “AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door” will take place live on Sunday, June 26, at the United Center in Chicago, featuring marquee matchups between members of AEW and NJPW’s world-class rosters.

Tickets for the historic PPV event go on sale on Friday, May 6, at 11 a.m. ET/10 a.m. CT at AEWTix.com and Ticketmaster.com. Fans in the United States and Canada can watch the PPV via purchase on the Bleacher Report app or via their local Cable or Satellite provider. The program will be available with both English and Spanish commentary. The PPV will be available in international markets on FITE.tv. Fans in Japan can watch on iPPV on NJPWWorld.com with live Japanese commentary.

“As the world continues to reopen, I’m making sure the Forbidden Door follows suit and we can finally give fans the dream events they’ve always imagined,” said Tony Khan, CEO, GM and Head of Creative of AEW. “The United Center was home to one of AEW’s biggest events of all time, The First Dance, where CM Punk made his return to wrestling after a seven-year hiatus. This summer, fans of AEW and NJPW can expect the unexpected during this extraordinary, first-of-its-kind pay-per-view between our two incredible companies.”

“As we have done for more than 50 years, the power of pro-wrestling can energize people by fulfilling their dreams,” said Takami Ohbari, President of NJPW. “Now, it’s quite an important mission for us, the pro-wrestling industry as a whole. We are not only opening this door. We will show you NJPW’s genuine Strong-Style beyond the Forbidden door.”

This announcement furthers the opening of the Forbidden Door, coming just over a month after Tony Khan announced that he agreed to acquire the assets of Ring of Honor, and less than three weeks after he produced the ROH Supercard of Honor pay-per-view in Dallas, featuring a number of major title changes and ROH alumni appearances including Samoa Joe, The Young Bucks, Wheeler Yuta, Jay Lethal, Lee Moriarty, Matt Sydal, Sonjay Dutt and Mercedes Martinez.

About AEW

Founded by CEO, GM and Head of Creative Tony Khan, AEW is a new professional wrestling league headlined by Hangman Page, Thunder Rosa, CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Chris Jericho, Kenny Omega, The Young Bucks (Matt & Nick Jackson), Adam Cole, Sting, Jon Moxley, Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus, Jade Cargill, Dr. Britt Baker, Scorpio Sky, Sammy Guevara, Matt and Jeff Hardy, Samoa Joe, Swerve Strickland, Miro, Lucha Bros., PAC, MJF, Darby Allin, Nyla Rose, Red Velvet, Ruby Soho, Toni Storm, Hikaru Shida, Malakai Black, Andrade El Idolo, Christian Cage, Eddie Kingston, Ethan Page, Orange Cassidy, Ricky Starks, Powerhouse Hobbs, Lance Archer, Keith Lee and many more. For the first time in many years, AEW is offering an alternative to mainstream wrestling, with a roster of world-class talent that is injecting new spirit, freshness and energy into the industry.

“AEW: Dynamite” airs every Wednesday from 8-10 p.m. ET on TBS and attracts the youngest wrestling audience on television. The fight-forward show “AEW: Rampage” airs every Friday from 10-11 p.m. ET on TNT. AEW’s multi-platform content also includes “AEW Dark” and “AEW Dark: Elevation,” two weekly professional wrestling YouTube series, “Being the Elite,” a weekly behind-the-scenes YouTube series, and “AEW Unrestricted,” a weekly podcast series. For more info, check out Twitter.com/AEW; Instagram.com/AllEliteWrestling; YouTube.com/AEW; Facebook.com/AllEliteWrestling

About New Japan Pro Wrestling

Founded in 1972, New Japan Pro-Wrestling is the world’s premier professional wrestling organization. Proudly carrying the branding of ‘King of Sports’, stars like Hiroshi Tanahashi, Tetsuya Naito, Will Ospreay, Jay White and more bring fans worldwide the absolute best in-ring action worldwide.

With a 50 year legacy stretching from Antonio Inoki through Tiger Mask and Jyushin Thunder Liger to Kazuchika Okada, NJPW is renowned for its Strong Style influence on the pro-wrestling landscape. Based in Tokyo, NJPW operates its U.S. business from Los Angeles, California.

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