If you are someone who loved professional wrestling like I am, the news from the WWE today was the greatest in the history of the business. The WWE announced they are starting the WWE Network on Feb. 24 and it will only cost $9.95 a month for a subscription.
The WWE Network will be online, as a streaming network similar (and ran by the people who run) the MLB TV network. It is available online, on Playstation 3 and Playstation 4, on the xBox 360, The Kindle Fire, Roku, telephones and tablets and more. One subscription and you can watch it on any and all devices by just logging in.
To let you know how awesome that $9.95 price point is, check out what is included.
Pay Per Views
This is the biggie. Everyone subscribed to the WWE Network gets all the year’s pay-per-view events included. A normal PPV costs $55. Wrestlemania costs $70. For just $9.95, you get every pay-per-view, so if you buy two pay-per-views a year, the price of the subscription pays for itself.
The first PPV included is Wrestlemania 30.
Classic Pay Per Views
The WWE Network will include EVERY WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view ever made. EVERY ONE OF THEM on demand. It will also include old Raw and Smackdown shows and major events. I assume there will also be a way to see other classic shows from the WWE library like World Class and Mid South, but they were not mentioned in the big announcement.
The WWE has a developmental territory called NXT that has, in my opinion, almost a more entertaining atmosphere than the WWE. You can see the stars of tomorrow and the show will broadcast on the WWE Network. This is where The Wyatt Family, The Shield, Antonio Cesaro and more came from. Also on the WWE Network is the weekly WWE Superstars show as well as pre- and post-Raw and Smackdown shows.
The WWE Network will have programming scheduled 24 hours a day, seven days a week other than the on demand stuff. This includes the aforementioned NXT, Superstars and pre- and post-shows, but it also includes original programming. The popular “WWE Monday Night War” series will air on the WWE Network. There will be a show called “Wrestlemania Rewind” where stars tell their stories of Wrestlemania’s past. There will be a show called “WWE Countdown” which will count down specific items (tag teams, catch phrases, managers) that the fans will actually get to vote on.
Finally, for those who like train wrecks, “WWE Legends House” puts various legends in a house and has them live together with the camera’s running like “Big Brother.” Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jimmy Hart, Mean Gene and many more are involved.
The WWE Network will start on Feb. 24, immediately after WWE Monday Night Raw. To sign up, head over to WWE.com and fill out all the information and then, when it is live, you can log in from any device and start watching the greatness.