For all of you professional wrestling fans, the WWE Network is an American streaming service that shows various events from World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). It is operated using the same infrastructure as Major League Baseball’s Advanced Media outlet. Content located on the service includes shows WWE wrestling events, Pay Per Views, and others. In this WWE Network review, we will talk more about the service and try to paint you a well-rounded picture. That way, you can answer the important question “Is it worth it?”
WWE Network launched on January 8th, 2014. They were one of the first to offer this sort of service. Though there are many events hyped in the world of WWE, the most famous is WrestleMania. When watching the service, you have the option to watch from almost everywhere in the world. They offer a 1-month free trial if you want to test their service.
After the 1-month trial, subscribers pay $9.99 a month, USD. Though the service is available almost everywhere else, you may wish to consider connecting to a US server with a VPN to change the pricing a bit. There is no contract for the service, so you may drop it at any time. There is a live streaming option, but you may want to also check out some of the content from the WWE’s library. Those include Wrestlemania, The Epic Journey of the Rock, WWE Ride along, Total Divas seasons 1-5, WWE Superstars, ECW events, and more.
WWE Network Most Popular Shows
Since we have mentioned some of the top shows earlier, we’ll take a closer look at some of them. Keep in mind there are over 8,000 hours of content, so listing them all would not be possible. Here are some of the best options.
- WWE Superstars – Launched in 2009, the show ran until 2016. The show gives you a picture of past and present WWE Superstars including highlights, videos, news, photos, and other items. Whether you are a fan of the WWF days of the WWE or a modern fan, you can see all of them from Hulk and Andre to Sena and others.
- WWE Main Event – Launched in 2012, this show only ran domestically until 2014. This one allows you to watch the in-ring replays from the Main Event TV Show.
- Camp WWE – Though this adult animated series was launched in 2016, it is not their first attempt at animation. This original show features WWE Superstars re-imagined in a camp run by Vince McMahon. Clearly, the WWE learned from the mistakes made on the Saturday morning cartoon show from the 80s.
- Saturday Night’s Main Event – This popular show ran on network television from 1985 to 1992. It was how many kids were first introduced to names like Hulk Hogan, Junk Yard Dog, Big Boss Man, Randy Savage, Andre the Giant, and others. At that time, the WWE had never officially stated that the shows were scripted, and the matches were pre determined.
- Tough Enough – Launched in 2001, this show ran until 2015. It was a wrestling reality tv series produced by WWE Studios. Participants underwent professional wrestling training and competed for a contract with the WWE.
- WWE Slam City – This popular cartoon ran in 2014. Animated versions of WWE wrestlers are forced to find day jobs. The show aired on Wednesday nights on the Nicktoons channel. The exciting finale showed the Rock and John Sena teaming up to take on a character named “The Finisher”.
Those are just a few of the offerings available on the WWE Network.
Devices Supported by the WWE Network
The WWE Network supports quite a few devices. Those include PlayStation, Xbox, PC, Macintosh, mobile, and tablets. It is also supported by Smart TVs, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku.
Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the service before we wrap up.
- Cost of $9.99 a month
- Available in almost every country in the world
- More than 8000 hours of content.
- Classic events from the past.
- Only 1 stream allowed at a time.
- Too many commercials for the WWE Network while watching.
- Not available on terrestrial TV.
As we conclude the review of the WWE Network, we are left a bit nostalgic. With all the content that is offered, it is not hard to find the content that you may have grown up watching in the 80s. It will also provide you with information from the wrestling world. Even more recent fans of wrestling can appreciate the classic 80s matches and characters. It is hard to deny that some of the characters were very outlandish by today’s standards and would be considered insensitive now. We feel the service is worth it. If you want to take a closer look, go ahead and grab their free trial.