For the first time, USA Network, the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties, announces expanded access to WrestleMania, WWE’s biggest event of the year.
Between March 31 and April 7, the network will feature multiple events, including a live, one-hour broadcast of the official WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show, a special SmackDown episode with live segments, the one-hour WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony, and a movie marathon celebrating Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.
On Thursday, March 31 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT, SmackDown on the USA Network will feature live segments from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas (near Dallas) just days before WrestleMania 32.
On Sunday, April 3, USA Network’s live hour of the WrestleMania Kickoff Show will start at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT and include the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, featuring 20 WWE Superstars.
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WrestleMania 32 will broadcast live on WWE Network from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. And leading in and out of the live kickoff show, USA Network will celebrate with a movie marathon featuring WWE homegrown star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, with films including The Rundown, Faster, Fast Five and GI Joe Retaliation.
The night after, on Monday, April 4 at 8 p.m. ET, a much anticipated WWE Monday Night Raw super show on the USA Network will feature the fallout from the action of WrestleMania 32.
Then on Thursday, April 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the two-hour SmackDown program, the USA Network will broadcast a one-hour 2016 WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony special. WWE legends including Sting, Big Boss Man, The Godfather, Jacqueline and The Fabulous Freebirds will be immortalized for their accomplishments and contributions to sports entertainment in this year’s WWE Hall of Fame class.
In 2016, USA Network became the exclusive cable home to WWE’s marquee properties, offering fans the live WWE Monday Night Raw for three hours every week (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) and SmackDown on Thursdays from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.
In 2016 to date, Monday Night Raw is averaging 4.09MM total viewers, 1.91MM P25-54 and 1.87MM P18-49 L7, and SmackDown on USA is averaging 2.82MM P2+, 1.23MM P25-54, and 1.15MM P18-49+ L7, making USA the No.1 cable entertainment network across the key demos on Monday and Thursday nights. In 2015, the two programs reached 50MM viewers.
- WWE WrestleMania 32
WrestleMania 32 is 7 p.m. ET Sunday, April 3 on WWE Network from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, near Dallas.
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- WrestleMania 32 will be free for new WWE Network subscribers. WWE is using the #FreeWrestleMania hashtag to promote it.
- WWE WrestleMania Kickoff
USA Network will carry the WrestleMania 32 Kickoff Show at 6 p.m ET. It will include the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, featuring 20 WWE Superstars. Big Show won last year, and Cesaro won the inaugural event at WrestleMania 30 in 2014.
The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von) against the Usos (Jimmy and Jey) will also be on the pre-show.
- About USA Network
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A trailblazer in digital innovation and storytelling, USA is defining, driving and setting the industry standard for Social TV. USA is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal. USA’s award-winning website is located at
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- About WWE
WWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms.
WWE programming reaches more than 650 million homes worldwide in 25 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.
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