The WWE Network: It’s here!
January 8th 2014 was a landmark night in the history of the World Wrestling Entertainment. After years of hype and speculation the WWE unveiled its new WWE Network to the public. Details of the network are available on WWE.com where they’ve include a FAQ so it makes it easier for you to find the relevant information that you are looking for. Here, I’ve included some random thoughts regarding the network after watching the live show and reading about it too.
- As someone who loves the business and writes about it, I’m hooked. I’ve never been excited about the business in a long time. Once it’s available in the UK (more on that later) I’ll definitely purchase it. It’s not that expensive at all.
- The price for the network is $9.99 for a 6 month deal. I guess once it’s available in the UK it will cost around £9.99 to £11.99. Considering that it includes over 1,500 hours’ worth of content and all the live pay per views (yes, that also includes WrestleMania 30!) as well as unique programming. This is outstanding. They will make money off them and will be able to sell ads on the network as a result because they can say they have this many people watching the PPV. It changes the PPV game completely, but I think it’s going to be a money maker. Also having a 6 month subscription is a smart move by WWE because if you only had it for a month then you could lose business after a major PPV, this way it keeps people locked in for the full six months.
- Will the subscription fee rise? Yes. I’m certain of that. Think of it in business terms. If it proves to be successful then it’s almost inedible that the price will rise. Hopeful it won’t be a massive jump.
- The biggest selling point for me (and a lot of other people) is the archives. Every PPV ever? That’s me sold. The archives will be incredible to have. That’s the biggest selling point right there aside from the 2014 PPVs. As you guys know, I do my “Attitude Era Classics” on here so once I get the network I can have access to all the episodes of Raw from 1998 to 2001. Amazing!
- Speaking about Attitude Era, it was also announced that TV-13 content will be available. There is also a parental lock available to parents can block such programming. This will be a drawing factor to those who loath the PG era.
- Not running a traditional TV network is the way to go and I believe it’s the way forward in the future. I expect more new networks to follow suit. It was also announced that it would in 720 quality, so that’s even more positive news.
- Broadcasting NXT will be awesome for the company. They have a talented roster pool and the shows are always top quality. Perhaps they could do PPV style shows for NXT on the network. They deserve the recognition!
- Will there be Chris Benoit matches available? As it stands, yes. From what I understand the matches will be viewed before they get the green light.
- I assume they’ll broadcast DVD documentaries as well as original programming. I find them to be some of the best work that WWE does in general, so if they make them easy to find it will give fans a wider choice of viewing options.
- Obviously there will be no live Raw or Smackdown show because they get paid by other networks to show it, but they may replay those shows so it gives fans that have missed the shows a chance to see them. They may include pre-shows too. I really don’t know if I’m honest but again, it gives fans more variety to choose from.
- As I mentioned earlier, the network is only available in the States starting from late February. Other countries will have to wait until the end of 2014 or early 2015. Not long now huh? From what I’ve read, it’s worth the wait but it’s going to suck reading and seeing everybody enjoying it.
The last point I want to make is that the WWE Network is certain to be an absolute success. The two biggest and most successful things WWE have ever done are WrestleMania and Monday Night Raw. The network is going to make them mega bucks! I can feel it.
Everyone’s a winner. The company, the wrestlers and the fans. There’s something for everybody and the potential for it is off the charts.