Friday, January 2, 2015

What I Like About WWE Network

Inspired by a conversation I had with my cousin during the holidays, I figured I would share what I like about WWE Network.  For hardcore WWE fans who have the means and technology to get WWE Network I still think it's a no-brainer.  What about more casual fans?

Now that WWE has implemented their cancel anytime policy I would think that there's no reason not to spend the $10 to see if you like it.  Wait until a month where you'll get a PPV/special show that you'd like to see such as the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania or SummerSlam and sign up.  The cost of the PPVs is one way that I have justified my subscription since day one.  I was going to spend $65 or whatever to watch WrestleMania every year anyway.  Might as well pay the $120, get Mania, get all the other PPVs and then the On Demand content as well.

As for On Demand content I am currently a big fan of the following:
  • WCW Monday Nitro--They have the first 67 or so episodes on there.  I started at #1 and have worked my way up to #12 or so.
  • Monday Night War--While there is a bit of controversy about the biased nature of the narrative throughout this series ("History is written by the victors") I still really enjoy it.  The way they tackle topics instead of just starting at the beginning and going from there is interesting.  That way you get to see focus on things like the Sting angle from start-to-finish or the rise of the nWo/DX.  
  • WWE Countdown--As the name suggests this is just a list show like all other list shows on TV.  It's nothing ground-breaking, but again it is fun to take a look at "Best Talker" or whatever the topic is.  Each segment has some great footage that you've either never seen before or makes you glad you saw it again.  Before Monday Night War launched this was my favorite show to watch. 
  • WWE Legends of Wrestling--If you have any interest at all you can watch this show and learn things you did not know about the industry and the history of it.  Again this is broken down by specific topics such as Southern Wrestling, Tag Teams, The nWo, Bad-Asses of Wrestling, Black History, etc.  You have to take a lot of what is said with a grain of salt and some of the personalities can be a bit overbearing, talk too much or just come off as unlikeable, but it's worth it.  I don't think there's an episode that I have watched where I didn't call Dad to tell him something interesting I heard on there.
  • NXT--Now I haven't watched a ton of it, but I have enjoyed what I've seen.  After hearing the critical acclaim of the last special show NXT R-Evolution I watched it the next day and it absolutely lived up to the hype.  Many people have said that NXT is actually the best wrestling show going right now and I must say that it has a lot going for it from its presentation to its talent.   If you're a bit tired of WWE programming I'd suggest you give this a look.
Those are the main things I specifically enjoy from the On Demand section of WWE Network.  That alone would probably be worth the $9.99 per month.  The addition of the PPVs/special shows makes The Network a financial slam dunk though.  Like I said, if you have the means and access to the technology to make it happen I cannot recommend WWE Network strongly enough.

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