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WWE Network Adding Independent Wrestling Content

Source: Wrestling Observer Newsletter

Based on reports, WWE has finally come to a decision on adding independent promotional content to the WWE Network.

WWE has come to terms with Insane Championship Wrestling (ICW) which is based out of the UK to add their content to the On-Demand section of the WWE Network. It should be noted that a number of other promotions are also in talks with WWE.

WWE has been contemplating this idea to add more promotions to the network for a while. WWE in the past have issued fan surveys which to no ones surprise, favored many non-WWE products. Vince McMahon was said to be back-and-forth with the idea, but has finally come to a decision and has approved this action to move forward.

Based on reports, the newly crowned UK Championship will be allowed to be defended on ICW, OTT and possible even PROGRESS Wrestling until WWE is able to develop their own weekly show in the UK.

The ICW deal is said to be 2-3 years and will showcase content which is toned down.

What are your thoughts on this? Will this generate more subscribers for the Network? Is this the right move?

PROGRESS Wrestling & EVOLVE Teasing Partnership?

There are rumors going around that PROGRESS Wrestling and EVOLVE may be teaming up in the near future. PROGRESS Wrestling co-owner Glen Joseph tweeted the following photo of himself and EVOLVE owner and booker with Gabe Sapolsky.

PROGRESS Wrestling and EVOLVE are both involved in WWE’s Global Cruiserweight Classic, as they’ve been holding qualifying matches for the upcoming WWE Network series.

See the tweet below:

VIDEO: WWE Posts Two Global Cruiserweight Series Qualifying Highlights

WWE posted two video’s from PROGRESS wrestling featuring two qualifing matches for the Global Cruiserweight Series.

See them below:

PROGRESS Wrestling Hosting Qualifying Matches for WWE Global Cruiserweight Series

WWE.com has released an article stating that PROGRESS Wrestling is announcing a tournament to qualify talents for the WWE Global Crusierweight Series.

See it below:

The worldwide race to earn a spot in the WWE Global Cruiserweight Series is heating up, as U.K. independent promotion PROGRESS Wrestling has announced the participants in the qualifying matches they’re playing host to ahead of this summer’s tournament.

On Sunday, April 24 in Camden Town, London, PROGRESS will present two matches with the incredible opportunity to compete in the GCS on the line. In the first qualifier, international star and technical wizard Zack Sabre Jr. will begin his journey in the GCS when he takes on up-and-coming highflier Flash Morgan Webster, who will surely be out to play spoiler and catapult himself into the spotlight. The second bout sees world-traveled grappler Jack Gallagher square off against the hard-hitting “Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne.

The winners of these two matches will join the field of 32, along with the following competitors:

-Rich Swann
-Johnny Gargano
-Tommaso Ciampa
-Noam Dar
-Akira Tozawa
-Ho Ho Lun
-Lince Dorado

These matches take place at PROGRESS Chapter 29: Practically PROGRESS in Every Way on Sunday, April 24 at 8 p.m. local time at the sold-out Electric Ballroom in Camden Town, London, England. Check back with WWE.com to find out which of PROGRESS’ grapplers will advance to the prestigious tournament. For more information on PROGRESS Wrestling, visit PROGRESSWrestling.com, and follow them on Twitter @ThisIs_Progress.