Monday, March 10, 2014
WWE Network is Like the Miz..AWESOME!
Now that we are two weeks into the launch of the WWE Network and most of the kinks are worked out, I can truthfully say that the network has been a major godsend to this wrestling fan.
I don't know why any wrestling fan -- other than price -- would not want this gem of a streaming service. It has everything for any wrestling fan at any age. For me as an older fan, the ability to see every WWE, NWA/WCW and ECW pay-per-view in existence is fabulous and, of course, the freedom not to have to pay $50 or more each time a current pay-per-view takes place makes this a wonderful investment at $9.99 a month.
The network currently shows episodes from World Class Championship Wrestling. I'm hoping that WWE will open its vault completely to show cards from Mid-South/UWF, AWA, Jim Crockett Promotions, Georgia Championship Wrestling and the original Florida Championship Wrestling. WWE owns all of those territorial libraries and would make the network even better if those legendary programs could be shown. This would be great for the younger fans because they can really see how this business has evolved.
I am also impressed with some of the original programming on the network thus far. The Raw and Smackdown Pre-Shows are really done well, much like the NFL and NBA pre-game shows. Also the Countdown show is really a fun show to watch and the Wrestlemania Rewind is a great historical show about how "The Show of Shows" has developed.
By the way, I am withholding full judgement on the "Legends House" reality series until I actually see an episode. Not expecting much there.
There are still minor issues with the network -- The on-demand videos occasionally lag and they really need a way to pick up a video from where you leave it instead of forcing you to start from the beginning and find your way to the point.
However, this is a wrestling fan's dream channel and it is great to see it in service!