Reporter for The Information Tom Dotan took to social media via Twitter to report a potential bombshell that would affect the landscape of sports entertainment – a potential megamerger between WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal. WarnerMedia is famously the home of All Elite Wrestling and AEW Dynamite on TNT while NBCUniversal is folding in the WWE Network onto their ever-popular Peacock streaming service, and airs Raw and NXT on USA. A Sting NWO Wolfpac reunion was teased for AEW.
Dotan revealed in a tweet and subsequently an article put out by the outlet that current NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Snell told colleagues that the the potential merger was the ‘only outcome for the company’ before he got his current job position. It is interesting to note as well that NBCUniversal was also trying to acquire Viacom with no such luck, as was revealed by Dotan in a series of follow-up tweets.
Dotan tweeted: Before Jeff Shell become the CEO of NBCUniversal he told colleagues he thought the only outcome for the company would be merging with WarnerMedia. Given how Peacock has played out so far, it’s hard to not see that become his top priority.”
The article, goes on to say that NBCUniversal could pursue a merger with another firm, such as WarnerMedia or Viacom at some point in the future. However, the company wants to ramp up the growth of it’s Peacock streaming service before spending a great deal of money – so any potential megamerger would not be until down the road. Peacock will launch WWE Network on March 18, 2021, when Peacock will begin the rollout of more than 17,000 hours of WWE Network new, original, and library programming. WWE Network officially announced as Peacock exclusive in the US
Before Jeff Shell become the CEO of NBCUniversal he told colleagues he thought the only outcome for the company would be merging with WarnerMedia. Given how Peacock has played out so far, it's hard to not see that become his top priority. w/ @jtoonkel https://t.co/AThjQwesXP
— Tom Dotan (@cityofthetown) February 10, 2021