In addition to offering WWE Network as a subscription service, PPTV will offer its customers premium live events such as WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble and Survivor Series, as well as other WWE Network specials on a pay-per-view basis.
That news came after the announcement that it's flagship WrestleMania event would be made available in China from 2017, and also that the WWE was holding tryouts for Chinese athletes to join the organisation. Fans can catch "SummerSlam" live and in Mandarin three days later, at 7 a.m. Beijing time. Chinese customers can download the PPTV app to watch WWE Network programs including WWE SummerSlam, which will air in China on Monday morning, August 21.
The WWE Network will finally make its debut in China as soon as next week, just in time for one of the company's biggest pay-per-view events.
WWE Network on PPTV will include "NXT" and "205 Live", reality shows like "Total Divas", documentaries, and classic matches from WWE history. PPTV will continue to expand WWE Network's VOD library, adding more than 1,000 hours of content over the next 12 months.
WWE's chief revenue and marketing officer Michelle Lawson told the Journal that, "we found out that the content was being consumed on digital sites hosting pirated content".
Before the show in Shanghai a year ago, WWE held their first-ever open tryouts in China. According to Jay Li, the Vice President & General Manager of WWE Greater China, "Our WWE Superstars will deliver an action-packed night of family-friendly entertainment that is certain to create memories that will last a lifetime".