In a move which shocked many anime fans, as well as raised a few eyebrows like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, pro wrestling giant, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE, formerly World Wrestling Federation or WWF) has announced that they are making an anime. To do this, they have teamed up with Crunchyroll for a new partnership.
The pro wrestling company made the announcement during their Q1 Investor Call. Unfortunately, they did not reveal any further details about this new WWE anime yet, which studio will be animating it, or which wrestlers will be involved.
Several WWE wrestlers are known anime fans, most notable Xavier Woods of New Day, who has previously partnered with Crunchyroll himself. He also runs a gaming channel on YouTube called UP UP DOWN DOWN. Heck, he even appeared at Wrestlemania with fellow New Day members Big E and Kofi Kingston in Dragon Ball-inspired Saiyan armour. Another notable anime fan from the WWE is Asuka. Known as Kana in Japan, Asuka also has her own YouTube channel, Kana-chan TV, where she talks about her many interests, including anime and video games.
During the WWE’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling era, they had an animated series titled Hulk Hogan’s Rock ‘N’ Wrestling. They also previously aired another animated series called Camp WWE at the height of the PG Era. It featured notable WWE Superstars, from John Cena and Rey Mysterio to legends like Ric Flair. Currently, WWE is also working with Cartoon Network for an animated series focusing on Rey Mysterio.
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