Insane Championship Wrestling Reportedly Coming To WWE Network

Independent content finally heading to WWE's streaming service?

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After months of rumors that WWE would be bringing independent wrestling content to its streaming network, the first deal is almost done.

PWInsider is reporting that the Glasgow-based Insane Championship Wrestling - one of the most acclaimed indies in the UK - is close to working out an arrangement for their content to be featured.

Insane Championship Wrestling has grown steadily since debuting in 2006, with the promotion regularly holding shows around Scotland and England. In 2016, the company held its first show outside the UK (at Dublin, Ireland's The Academy), and later in the year, started running The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, drawing over 6,000 fans to Fear & Loathing IX in November.

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According to the report, the nearly-finalized deal to get ICW programming on the WWE Network is said to be for two or three years. Also of note is that, while ICW runs an "18+" product often said to be similar to that of the original ECW, they will not be expected to tone down their content for the service.

There is no word yet as to whether ICW's content on the WWE Network will air live or on-demand, but the ramifications of the deal are likely to be significant for the UK wrestling scene.

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Scott Fried is a Slammy Award-winning* writer living and working in New York City. He has been following/writing about professional wrestling for many years and is a graduate of Lance Storm's Storm Wrestling Academy. Follow him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scottfried. *Best Crowd of the Year, 2013