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.