Pay TV channel SuperSport will broadcast live and exciting wrestling matches to sports enthusiasts from more than 50 African countries.
SuperSport will screen live matches from World Wrestling Entertainment (formerly World Wrestling Federation). WWE, known as WWF until 2002, is one of the world’s leading professional wrestling promoters with more 36 million viewers from 150 countries globally.
WWE matches are not legitimate contests, but are purely entertainment-based and feature a story line and are scripted and choreographed. WWE focuses on sports entertainment.
WWE Raw, WWE Smackdown and WWE Summerslam are among the leading products of the America-based company.
SuperSport has acquired broadcast rights for all live and recorded shows of WWE, starting from August 28. However, Summerslam matches will be aired live from next month.
The live and recorded shows of WWE will be On SSS4, SSS 7, SSS 9 and SSS 10.
Speaking during a media briefing ahead of the weekend’s matches held at Barclays Centre in Brooklyn New York, reigning Team Tag world champion, Kofi Kingston, said he is delighted that African audiences will have a chance to watch him compete live on television.
“Having your own country men behind you is the best support that a sportsman from any given country can ever get. It will motivate me perform better on stage,” Kingston, an American with Ghanaian roots, said.
Kofi believes that highlighting the Sport in Africa will inspire Africans join entertainment sport as a profession.
“The impact broadcasting local football on live TV had over the years is the same way professional wrestling will develop in Africa through viewership,” he added.