How to Watch WWE Wrestling

These are the best ways to stream your favorite WWE wrestling content without overpaying

Directv
DIRECTV
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3.5
Starts at
$69.99/mo
Price Range
$69.99-$159.99
Technology Type
Streaming + Satellite
PeacockTV
Peacock TV
4 out of 5 stars
4
Starts at
$5.99
/mo
Prices
$5.99-$119.99
Technology Type
Streaming
Hulu
Hulu + Live TV
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4
Starts at
$69.99
/mo
Prices
$69.99-$89.99
Technology Type
Streaming
Fubo TV
Fubo
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4.75
Starts at
$79.99
Price Range
$79.99-$89.99
Technology Type
Streaming
Easton Smith
Mar 28, 2024
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WWE wrestling programs are split between multiple different channels, like USA Network, FOX, and Peacock. There are several ways to get access to all of this WWE content, including cable subscriptions and streaming apps.

We’ll cover all the ways that you can watch the classics (Hulk Hogan in a yellow leotard, anyone?) and keep up with your new favorite rivalries. (Are you rooting for Sami Zayn or Kevin Owens?) Can we get a Stone Cold Steve Austin–worthy “hell yeah”?

What channels air WWE content?

New WWE content is divided between a few popular programs, including WWE SmackDown and WWE Raw. Here’s a look at the three major networks that air live WWE content, and which programs they have the rights to broadcast.

  • Peacock: The streaming platform Peacock recently became the “exclusive streaming partner” of the WWE. It has exclusive rights to broadcast WWE shows like Money in the Bank, NXT Battleground, NXT Level Up, and Night of Champions.
  • FOX: While Peacock has become a big player, FOX still has the rights to WWE SmackDown (sometimes called Friday Night Smackdown).
  • USA Network: If you want to watch WWE Raw (sometimes called Monday Night Raw) or NXT as they air live, then you’ll need to find some way to access the USA Network.

There are several ways to access these channels. We’ll run through them all right now.

Best ways to watch WWE

In our convoluted media environment, it’s hard to find a one-stop-shop for all of your favorite shows, sports, and news. But there are a few ways to get your WWE fix. We’ll start with the best (and the priciest): DIRECTV.

DIRECTV

There are plenty of ways to stream WWE content, but a good ol’ fashioned cable subscription might still be your best bet. With DIRECTV, you’ll get access to hundreds of channels, pay-per-view events, and discounts on third-party services. You can even sign up for DIRECTV via an internet connection and avoid installing a satellite dish in order to catch the fight. 

As for WWE content, you’ll get access to both FOX and USA Network, which means you can watch SmackDown and WWE Raw live each week. You can also add a Peacock subscription at a discounted price (just $2.99 a month) to get access to Money in the Bank and other shows.

DIRECTV deals
Plan
Price
Satellite TV channel count
Internet TV channel count
Details
ENTERTAINMENT $69.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees*75+90+
CHOICE™ $84.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees105+125+
ULTIMATE $114.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees140+160+
PREMIER™ $159.99/mo. for 24 months plus taxes and fees150+185+
* w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. is extra and applies.
w/ 24-mo. agmt. AutoPay and Paperless Bill req’d. Advanced Receiver Service Fee $15/mo. and Regional Sports Fee up to $13.99/mo. are extra & apply.

New approved residential customers, price incl. TV pkg & equip. fees for first TV. Add’l fees may apply to non-qualified customers. Early agmt termination fee applies ($20/mo.) & add’l fee(s) may apply if equip. not returned. Credit card req’d. Restr’s apply. $19.95 activation & equipment lease req’d for satellite customers. Equipment lease req’d for DIRECTV via Internet customers in some sales channels.

Let’s not beat around the bush. DIRECTV is pricey. But we’re going to venture out on a limb and say you’re likely to watch a lot more than just WWE content with your subscription.

Peacock

Peacock is the exclusive streaming partner for the WWE. A subscription to the service gets you exclusive access to certain programming, like Money in the Bank. It also gets you decades of old WWE programming, like past episodes of SmackDown and WWE Raw.

The biggest downside is that you can’t watch SmackDown or Raw live each week. You’ll have to wait until after they air on USA and FOX.

Peacock TV deals
Plan
Price
Content
Includes ads
Details
Peacock Premium $5.99/mo.80,000+ hrs.Yes
Peacock Premium Plus$11.99/mo.80,000+ hrs.No
Due to streaming rights, a small amount of programming will still contain ads (Peacock channels, events and a few shows and movies).

Hulu + Live TV

Hulu used to be the main streaming service for WWE content. Now Peacock won that belt. But you can still watch both SmackDown and WWE Raw on Hulu + Live TV through the service’s FOX and USA Network live streams.

Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
Live TV Only$75.99/mo.^75+
Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (No Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$89.99/mo.°85
Hulu (With Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (No Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$81.99/mo.°85+
Hulu (With Ads) + Live TV, Disney+ (With Ads) and ESPN+ (With Ads)$76.99/mo.°85+
^ Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
° Access to Disney+ and ESPN+ through our Live TV plans is not available for subscribers who are billed by T-Mobile.

As you can see, these Hulu prices are pretty steep, especially compared to Peacock. If you’re willing to wait until after they air to catch SmackDown and Raw, then you might want to use Peacock. But if you need the live experience, Hulu is a good option.

fuboTV

Like Hulu, fuboTV gives you access to live streams of both USA Network and FOX television. That means you can watch Raw and SmackDown live on Monday and Friday nights. Here’s a look at the cost of fuboTV packages.

fuboTV deals
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
Pro$79.99/mo.^190+
Elite$89.99/mo.^259+
Latino$32.99/mo.^65
^ Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

We think that fuboTV, of all the live streaming TV services, offers the best all around value.

Sling TV

With Sling TV’s Blue package, you’ll get access to both FOX and USA Network. That means you can watch WWE wrestling programming live.

Sling TV deals
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
Sling Orange$40/mo.^32
Sling Blue$40/mo.^40
Sling Orange + Sling Blue Services$55/mo.^46
^ Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

You only have to purchase the lower-cost Sling Blue plan to get both FOX and USA. It’s a cheaper option than Hulu or FuboTV, though it does offer fewer other channels.

YouTube TV

This is beginning to sound repetitive (maybe it’s our wrestling catchphrase), but you can stream both FOX and USA Network with YouTube TV. That means you’ll get to view Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown live.

Youtube TV deals
Plan
Price
TV channel count
Details
YouTube TV$72.99/mo.^100+
^ Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Free over-the-air TV

There is, believe-it-or-not, a way to watch television for free with an antenna. No, it doesn’t look like the bunny ears that your parents used to have on their cathode-ray tube television set. Instead, you’ll need a modern HD antenna (they’re pretty cheap).

With an antenna, you can catch your local FOX affiliate, which should air Friday Night SmackDown every week.

Recap: the best ways to watch WWE wrestling

There are many ways to watch WWE content. We like Peacock, DIRECTV, and fuboTV the most, but you can catch the most popular WWE shows on any service that streams FOX and USA Network.

Here’s a quick reminder of which channels carry specific WWE wrestling shows.

  • WWE Friday Night SmackDown: FOX
  • WWE Monday Night Raw: USA Network
  • WWE Money in the Bank: Peacock
  • NXT: USA Network
  • NXT Level Up: Peacock
  • NXT Battleground: Peacock
  • Night of Champions: Peacock

If you just want to revel in all of the old feuds, KOs, and theme songs of your favorite wrestlers, then Peacock is the way to go. It has hundreds of hours of old SmackDown, WWE Raw, and other WWE programming to stream on-demand.

How to watch WWE FAQ

There are several ways to watch WWE content without a cable or satellite subscription. You can subscribe to Peacock, which has exclusive rights to several popular WWE programs and the whole back catalog of WWE Raw and SmackDown.

You can catch Raw every Monday night by subscribing to a live TV service that has the USA Network, like Hulu + Live TV or fuboTV. You can also catch Friday Night SmackDown live with those same streaming services, or you can watch your local FOX affiliate with an HD antenna on your TV.

Yes. You can access tons of WWE content with your Roku TV. Just look for Peacock, Hulu + Live TV, DIRECTV streams, or other channels that air WWE content.

Easton Smith
Written by
Easton Smith
Easton has worked as a freelance writer and researcher for several years, reviewing health, lifestyle, and technology products. He has probably read more Terms of Use contracts than any human alive. When he’s not sitting in front of a computer, Easton spends his time camping, climbing, and volunteering with humanitarian aid organizations.

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