Recently, it was announced that World Wrestling Entertainment has partnered with anime media company Crunchyroll. This news was made official during WWE’s first quarter 2021 earnings call. Nick Khan, the president of WWE, revealed that a multi-episode WWE anime series will air on Crunchyroll’s streaming platform.
The news comes in the wake of a call among the company’s investors, and it is unclear if the anime will be entirely original or based on the incredible library of WWE characters available to the company. There is a well-known relationship between wrestling and anime, and many WWE Superstars are well-known anime enthusiasts, including New Day Big E members Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods, as well as AJ Styles and Asuka.
WWE has sold an anime series to Crunchyroll— Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com (@SeanRossSapp) April 22, 2021
This isn’t the only animated wrestling production on the board. Last fall, WWE Superstar Rey Mysterio shared a brief trailer for an animated series based on his wrestling-themed exploits. That series will air on Cartoon Network. Beyond that, WWE Studios has produced several animated releases directly to DVD, including WWE crossovers with the Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, and the DreamWorks movie Surf’s Up.
Crunchyroll, Inc. is an American distribution, publishing, production, and licensing company focused on the streaming of anime, manga, and drama. Founded in 2006 by a group of graduates from the University of California at Berkeley, Crunchyroll’s distribution channel and partnership program deliver content to 100 million registered users around the world. Crunchyroll is a subsidiary of Otter Media, which is a WarnerMedia subsidiary of AT&T. Sony announced in December 2020 that its Funimation subsidiary will acquire Crunchyroll from AT&T for approximately $ 1.175 billion.
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc., under the name WWE, is an American integrated media and entertainment company that is primarily known for professional wrestling. WWE has branched out into other fields as well, including movies, soccer, and various other business ventures.