Sasha Banks—Sasha Banks is by far my favorite up-and-coming diva in the NXT women’s division. I love her attitude! She definitely has the persona, the attitude, and the wrestling skills to be on RAW. Hopefully, Triple H will soon figure out that the BO$$ is best for business! Until she is on RAW, watching NXT on WWE Network is the only way I get to see Sasha Banks’ in-ring action. Sadly, I’ve never actually met Sasha at any of the events I’ve attended. Perhaps someday…
NXT—This is probably my favorite program on the WWE Network. I’ve been attending NXT events, and its forerunner Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), for years (though my schedule hasn’t permitted me to attend recently). NXT provides the opportunity to see some up-and-coming talent. These are the young men and women who are working hard trying to break into the business. They’re the ones performing in the armories and gymnasiums off the beaten paths to small audiences as they work their way up the ladder and perfect their wrestling skills and talents. This is where the talent starts, and I’ve had the opportunity to see in person a lot of great matches and superstars who are now on RAW and SmackDown—Damien Sandow, Xavier Woods, the Wyatt Family. Sure, it’s not RAW or SmackDown, but NXT never fails to provide good wrestling entertainment.
Superstars—This show is usually good for at least two matches, sometimes three. It’s good programming, and you get to see some superstars who you don’t normally get to see in action. There are some rivalries that continue from week to week and that you don’t normally see on RAW or SmackDown. I always enjoyed Superstars before it moved to the WWE Network, and it’s probably one of the underrated shows that get overlooked. Nonetheless, it’s good wrestling entertainment.
Can re-watch any historic pay-per-view—It’s sort of funny that I’ve been to a lot of pay-per-view events in person but never got to see the broadcast and hear the commentaries. WWE Network enables me to go back and watch these pay-per-views and some of my favorites over the years. Extreme Rules 2011? I was there when John Cena announced that Osama Bin Laden had been killed. I can relive that moment and the surge of patriotism in that arena anytime. How about Capitol Punishment 2011? Over-the-Limit 2012?
Can watch it anytime and anywhere—One of the best aspects of WWE Network is that I can watch it anytime or anywhere on my tablet or smartphone. This really comes in handy on long car or train rides or while my car is stuck in traffic. But I can watch it in the middle of the night if I can’t sleep or in the morning while I’m having a cup of tea, and I can start and stop the programming and come back to it if I need to. There’s no remembering to record a program. You can search the WWE vault for what you want and watch it whenever you want, and I don’t have to worry about being at home to watch the shows when they air originally (except for RAW and SmackDown). If I’m out of town, I don’t have to find a place to go to watch the pay-per-views; now I can watch them wherever I am. I can go back and watch Vince McMahon tell Bret Hart that each and every member of the Hart family is a dysfunctional derelict or Mark Henry’s tearful encounter with John Cena or the Fiesta Del Rio with Hornswoggle and the piñata. Anywhere. Over and over again, if I want.
Main Event—Here’s another great program on the WWE Network that actually features new matches each and every week. There’s no better way to take a break and relax following a busy Tuesday afternoon than watching an episode of Main Event. Commentary featuring up-and-coming commentators can be a bit comical at times, but Michael Cole’s appearances lately have really made it a lot better.
$9.99—Getting WWE Network for only $9.99 per month is a steal. At $9.99 per month, it feels like you’re mugging Vince McMahon or taking candy from a baby or something. I almost feel guilty! Not only do I have access to the original programming and the WWE vault, every pay-per-view is included in the $9.99 per month price. Even if the WWE Network were priced at least $19.99 per month, it would be worth every penny of it. My subscription to WWE Network is one of the best deals I’ve ever seen; I get more per dollar than any other subscription. If you claim to be a member of the WWE Universe and you’re not a subscriber, you’re missing out, and I would have to question your commitment to the WWE Universe. If you don’t have it; get it. It will be the best $9.99 you spend every month.
It’s better than anything on TV—Let’s face it. Most of the programming on network television is complete crap these days. I could care less about all the reality shows and the droll comedies and the poorly written dramas on the networks and the remakes of old TV shows. And I definitely can’t stand the 24-hour news networks anymore! I don’t want to hear the same propaganda over and over again and have social commentaries shoved down my throat by the network programs. WWE Network offers a new episode of NXT, Main Event, and Superstars every week! It’s all good, clean entertainment. Sure, there may be some recaps of what happened on RAW or SmackDown, but these programs have new matches every week. It’s never the same thing twice! And you often get to see superstars that don’t get much of a push on RAW or SmackDown. But it doesn’t end there. I can hardly pass up Wrestlemania Rewind. I remember most of those matches like they were yesterday, and I was even there for some of them.
It’s a groundbreaking business model with applications elsewhere—The WWE Network is just sheer brilliance; it is consumer empowerment at its finest. Giving subscribers the ability to watch regularly scheduled daily programming, programs from the WWE vault and archives, original wrestling programs like Main Event, NXT, and Superstars, pay-per-view events, and access to all of this anytime and anywhere from a laptop, tablet, or smartphone is revolutionary in content delivery. No one else is doing this. If I want to watch a baseball game, I either have to find it on television or subscribe to the MLB Network, and then I can’t watch it on the road or in the middle of the night. Same thing goes with the NFL or the PGA or the news networks or any of the other networks. Wouldn’t it be great if you could watch old episodes of network programming on your tablet or smartphone, without commercials, anytime anywhere? Sure, there are places where you can get some old episodes of certain shows, but what if you could search the entire vault of CBS or ABC or NBC programming? What if you could watch this anytime you wanted? Maybe the WWE Network will prompt other entities to sit up, take notice then follow suit. I’m ready for more options! As other content providers attempt to duplicate the WWE Network model, we need to keep in mind the mastermind who led the way—Vince McMahon.’
No Commercials—Commercials are a necessary evil on network television. Not so for the WWE Network. I can watch all the original programming without commercial interruption and the archives of RAW and SmackDown without the commercials. Time is at a premium, and I want to maximize my time watching wrestling not watching commercials. The $9.99 per month subscription is great—I get programs that can’t be seen anywhere else and I don’t have to sit through commercials. It’s worth $9.99 just to do without the commercials