WWE News: WWE Signs First-Ever Chinese Talent, Confirms Live Show With Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins Scheduled
The WWE made history, in business and in-ring news, on Thursday with the company's expansion into China.
Future Live Event
The WWE has confirmed a live event will take place at Shanghai on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. local time, from the city's Mercedes-Benz Arena.
In attendance for the announcement was John Cena, Triple H and select WWE corporate names such as WWE Chief Revenue & Marketing Officer Michelle Wilson and WWE Vice President and General Manager of Greater China Jay Li. Triple H's presence wasn't solely as an in-ring performer but as corporate title of WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events and Creative.
Although subject to change, the WWE is promoting Roman Reigns, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Seth Rollins and Cena to attend the Shanghai show.
It's unknown yet if the live event would broadcast on the WWE Network, similar to last July's "Beast in the East" live special from Tokyo, Japan.
WWE programming will expand in the country with "Raw" and "SmackDown" being shown on PPTV, allowing Chinese fans to stream both shows on demand.
"Today's historic announcements further demonstrate WWE's long-term commitment to China," said WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon in a statement. "Partnerships with PPTV and Expo Group, as well as the signing of Bin Wang, will enable us to engage our fans in China like never before."
"There's a long history between PPTV Sports and WWE in programming distribution. Now with the new exclusive partnership, these joint efforts will bring passion and family-friendly fun of WWE programing to millions of fans here in China just like in the U.S.," said Stephen Zhang, general manager of PPTV Sports, in a statement.
Tickets for the Shanghai show will go on sale as soon as this Saturday, June 18.
It wasn't just corporate business deals in China, but the WWE did sign its first-ever Chinese superstar to a WWE developmental contract.
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound 22-year old Bin Wang signed a deal with the WWE and will move to Orlando, Florida, home of the WWE Performance Center, as soon as June 19 for training. He might not need too much in-ring training since he does have experience at Japan's Inoki Genome Federation, a promotion founded by WWE Hall of Famer Antonio Enoki.
— Triple H (@TripleH) June 16, 2016
"It is an honor to be the first-ever Chinese talent in WWE history," said Bin Wang. "There are no fans in the world that show the same passion as the WWE Universe, and I look forward to training and developing my skills so I can perform for them in the future."
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