Tonight World Wrestling Entertainment has made the biggest announcement to wrestling fans since the purchase of World Championship Wrestling by WWE. The WWE has announced tonight the launch of it's own network, "WWE Network." Armed with a sharp new logo and over 100,000 hours of footage to deliver, the network is aiming to be a monumental achievement. For $9.99 a month, wrestling fans will have access to endless hours of classic footage from every era in history. Whether you're a fan of Bruno Sammartino, Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin or John Cena, there is always something for anyone whose a fan of wrestling.
Along with the hours of archive footage, the WWE Network is ready to go with 4 original shows known as Countdown, Monday Night War, Legends House, and WrestleMania Rewind. Countdown is basically a show where fans will get a chance to vote on the top ten of whatever the topic is. Monday Night War is a show that will capture the moments during the ratings war between WWE and WCW at the time until WCW's eventual purchase by WWE owner Vince McMahon. WrestleMania Rewind will focus on the must see WrestleMania moments that created careers and was the ending of legends. The most anticipated is the new reality show that is called Legends House.
This show will take place in a house full of WWE legends such as "Mouth of the South" Jimmy Hart, Roddy Piper, Hacksaw Jim Duggan and more as they live in this one space. The trailer showed amusing few moments such as the guys goofing around and having some good time but there were moments of drama. It looks to be a show anyone whose watched wrestling for years would enjoy. The network will also give fans a chance to watch exclusive pre show matches before popular shows Raw and Smackdown start.
For anyone like me who doesn't have time to watch all of WWE programing, the network will also give you the chance to catch up whether it's Raw, Smackdown and even NXT or WWE Superstars. I work a full time job while trying to become a successful writer so I don't have time to catch everything so for people like me, this is an advantage. I've been a big fan since WrestleMania 7 when I saw the Legion of Doom a.k.a The Road Warriors beat Demolition for the WWE Tag Team titles. Speaking of WrestleMania, the best feature I found is this one.
While having a subscription gives you access to this, to me the biggest draw in gives subscribers the opportunity to watch WWE live Pay Per Views such as WrestleMania and SummerSlam at no extra cost. The average pay per views cost $50 to $75 depending on the event but all together annually you would spend over $600 buying every pay per view. With the subscription you're getting ever single pay per view for only $120 plus more considering taxes, you don't need to do math to know that's a lot of savings.
The WWE has an overwhelming following and judging by all these features, I have no doubt that this will succeed. This announcement appeals to everyone who misses the good old days of wrestling and I miss the attitude era but it also appeals to today's wrestling fans as well. People will pay when this network goes online whether it's for themselves or their kids that are WWE fans. If I'm able to then I'm pretty sure I will be taking part in this advantage because it can be seen on multiple devices and with HD signals. I will wait however to see people's general reaction plus I'm one of those people that likes to wait and see if there are any bugs at first but all things considering, great job WWE.