Ovation: GUEST POST – WWE’s Gone Netflix On Me.
Those who know me know that I am a big professional wrestling fan. I understand that it may not appeal to everyone, which is totally understandable. Some may find it too silly or maybe even too violent but those are just a couple of things that have kept me a fan ever since I was nine years old. As a 25-year-old male who’s still heavily involved in wrestling, it gives me great joy to state that the WWE Network is fantastic.
“But Robbie, the WWE Network was released last week, so why are you talking about it now?” I am not any different from other wrestling fans in that I tend to have kneejerk reactions to what’s presented on television. For the Network, though, I wanted to bide my time. I understood that any kind of streaming or on-demand service has problems at the onset, so simply going with my gut reaction wouldn’t be the best course of action. Now that I’ve had ample time with the Network, I’m impressed, to put it mildly.
Let’s put it this way: if the WWE Network came out during 1999 or so, I would have been ecstatic. The idea of watching wrestling from not only World Wrestling Entertainment but other companies would have sent the mind of the child version of me into overdrive. I’m an older fan, so one might imagine that I’d be complacent to this idea, responding to it with nothing but a shrug. With that said, whenever I go to the Vault section of the WWE Network, it’s like I’ve been given a DeLorean ride of sorts back to my childhood.
Nostalgia, as powerful as it is, can only do so much. Fortunately, the WWE Network has enough bang for the $9.99 a month that subscribers are tied to. I’m also no different from the average wrestling fan in that I dislike the prices set for pay-per-views. While it’s understandable that a good amount of revenue comes from these shows, sometimes paying $50 or so for a single show isn’t economical. The fact that every monthly pay-per-view event is included with the $9.99 deal was the biggest selling point for me and I know I’m not alone on the matter.
Are you a wrestling fan who’s already subscribed to the WWE Network or are you on the fence? The technical problems that the WWE Network was plagued with early on deterred many fans in the latter and that’s totally understandable. My argument, though, is that WWE sparked the attention of those who enjoy this sort of news – whether it’s an online marketing company or what have you – and the Network is only going to get better.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a weekend marathon of wrestling pay-per-views to plan out.
Rob Sutter is a content creator and writer for a digital marketing agency in Bohemia, NY. When he isn’t lost in his writing, Rob can typically be found engrossed in a video game or a good professional wrestling match.
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