A&E and WWE have announced a multi-year expansion to their programming partnership and commissioned more than 130 hours of content to air on A&E platforms and to be distributed globally by A+E Networks.
As part of the expanding partnership, A&E has ordered 40 hours of a new series, WWE Rivals (w/t), which will chronicle little-known stories behind the biggest clashes in WWE history and include insights from people who were a part of the rivalries, which often extended beyond the ring and the cameras.
The expansion also includes 35 new episodes of A&E’s long-running Biography series that will be focused on legends of the WWE, after last year’s Biography: WWE Legends episodes became the network’s most-watched series of 2021.
WWE has also begun production on 24 new episodes of the series WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures, which will air over multiple seasons. The first season of the show, which showcases journeys to find some of the most iconic lost WWE memorabilia, was A&E’s most-watched new series of 2021. Additional hours of original programming are also currently in development.
“The collaboration between these two powerhouse brands has already proven to resonate with audiences, and we look forward to working together to create premium content with broad appeal,” said Elaine Frontain Bryant, executive vice president and head of programming for A&E, in a statement. “WWE’s incredible fanbase and talent roster are a great complement to A&E’s unique brand of in-depth storytelling that takes fans behind the curtain.”
“A&E is an amazing partner with an impressive line-up of signature series across its networks,” added Nick Khan, president of WWE. “The expansion of our partnership will allow us to continue creating a massive slate of new content with a trusted partner, while further establishing A&E as a destination for WWE fans for years to come.”