WWE announced today that they will extend their partnership with J SPORTS with a new agreement to broadcast RAW and SmackDown Live in Japan. Beginning Tuesday, January 1, 2019, J SPORTS 4 will air Raw live at 10 a.m. JST on Tuesdays and SmackDown live at 10 a.m. JST on Wednesdays.
Below is the full press release:
WWE and J SPORTS Extend Long-Standing Partnership in Japan
TOKYO & STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE (NYSE: WWE) and J SPORTS will extend their partnership into its 22nd year with a new agreement to broadcast WWE's flagship shows Raw® and SmackDown® live in Japan. Beginning Tuesday, January 1, 2019, J SPORTS 4 will air Raw live at 10 a.m. JST on Tuesdays and SmackDown live at 10 a.m. JST on Wednesdays.
Additionally, beginning Monday, January 7, 2019, J SPORTS 3 will air a one-hour version of Raw at 10 p.m. on Mondays and a one-hour version of SmackDown at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays. Fans can also order all of WWE's monthly specials, including WrestleMania®, SummerSlam®,Survivor Series® and Royal Rumble® on J SPORTS On Demand with Japanese subtitles.
"We are thrilled to extend our relationship with J SPORTS and air Raw and SmackDown live in Japan," said Michelle Wilson, WWE Co-President. "This partnership allows us to continue showcasing our unique blend of action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to fans across the country."
"It has been more than 20 years since J SPORTS and WWE tapped into a partnership to broadcast WWE programming," said Shin Kinos--ta, President, J SPORTS. "We are pleased to extend our partnership to broadcast WWE programming live, and add WWE's monthly specials to the programming lineup for all WWE fans in Japan to enjoy."