By seanmeyers @sdmeyers1 on August 26, 2014
The launch of the WWE Network in February forever changed the landscape of the professional wrestling industry. The network offers more than 2,000 hours of live and archived content for a monthly fee of $ 9.99. Here are the ten best features of the WWE Network.
The WWE Network includes nearly every episode of both Raw and Smackdown dating back to 2012, as well as several vintage episodes of these shows in their entirety.
If this series had more than one installment thus far, it would likely be much higher. Many consider the battle for Monday night supremacy between WWF and WCW to be the most compelling period in professional wrestling history. This series will relive some of the most dramatic moments and include comments from many of the most influential figures.
Daniel Bryan’s Journey to WrestleMania and most recently The Shield’s Journey to SummerSlam are two of the specials that offer candid behind-the-scenes footage. Additionally, the Network included some of the Ultimate Warrior's top moments in a series of specials that aired after his death.
Main Event has been underrated dating back to when it aired on ION, but it usually features two or three solid matches each week. While the show doesn’t offer much in the way of storyline development, it does include some of the WWE’s top stars in action live every Tuesday.
The WWE Network’s Vault includes vintage footage from several promotions, including WCW, ECW and World Class Championship Wrestling. It also features full episodes of WWE’s groundbreaking show, Saturday Night's Main Event, as well as the Legends of Wrestling series.
Top 10 shows in any sport always serve as a good debate-starter, and the Network’s Countdown fits the bill. Some of the best lists include greatest villains, thunderous returns and coolest catchphrases.
The WWE’s developmental territory provides some of the premier matches and storylines in the wrestling business, and the exposure of the Network has helped grow the show even more. The first two NXT pay-per-view-style special events have been spectacular, and the WWE’s future superstars and divas are featured on a weekly basis.
WWE almost always delivers when it comes to its DVD documentaries, and now many of those documentaries are available on the Network. So far, 25 are featured, including some that were recently released on DVD, such as Triple H: Thy Kingdom Come and the Very Best of WCW Nitro.
Every WWE, WCW and ECW pay-per-view ever produced is archived on the Network. The vast majority of the top matches in the history of professional wrestling have occurred at pay-per-view events over the past 30 years, and fans can relive every single moment from those shows on the Network.
The biggest selling point of the entire network is watching every current WWE pay-per-view, including WrestleMania, live or on-demand. In the first six months, the events have lived up to the hype, including stellar shows at WrestleMania and SummerSlam. Fans who used to pay $ 60 to watch the biggest WWE event of the year now can pay just $ 9.99.
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