Thursday, February 5, 2015

Where To Get All Your WWE!?!

John Cena with Randy Orton, WWE
Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons License by Randall Chancellor
A few days ago, I wrote about TNA Impact Wrestling, and how it's a great show, but not easy to find.  I mean it's one night a week, and it's only on Destination America Channel--that's cable.

So, to put that into perspective, I thought tonight, I'd show you where you can watch the WWE.

Monday Night Raw

There are so many shows for the WWE, that they literally have to name them something interesting, as well as add the name of the night it's on, as in Monday Night Raw.  Raw is shown, every Monday night, at 8:00PM, on the USA Network.

At the same time, it's also shown on the WWE Network.  And to make it even more accessible, it's offered the next day for Hulu Plus subscribers.

WWE Main Event

The thing with Main Event is, it isn't shown on any network channels.  It can only be seen on the WWE Network.  It's shown every Wednesday night at 8:00PM.  And it can be found the next day on Hulu Plus.

Main Event doesn't usually display the A-list wrestlers, but it's usually a place to get a look at some lesser known names, and a small number of the A-listers do perform against the lesser wrestlers to give the show a bit more clout.

It's also a show that gives the divas a little more time on camera.

Thursday Night Smackdown

Here's another one that requires the night it's on in its name.  Thursday Night Smackdown, much like Raw is one of the bigger shows.  The A-listers attend, and the stories and rivalries are continued in full swing.

Smackdown appears on Thursday nights at 8:00PM on Syfy Channel.  It's also shown on the WWE Network at the same time.  And it can be found on Hulu Plus, the very next day.

WWE Superstars

WWE Superstars, like Main Event doesn't appear on network TV, and it doesn't usually involve the A-list talent.  It's a place for the bottom rung players to get some air time, and to give opportunities to see some new faces, like the ones that are coming out of the NXT development program.

Superstars can be seen on the WWE Network on Friday nights at 8:00PM, and then the next day on Hulu Plus.

One thing Superstars tends to do, is it'll show the highlights of the week from the other shows, like Raw and Smackdown, to give some back story to some of the rivalries.  The A-listers that are in the highlights won't be on Superstars, but the clips can add some clout.

Pay-Per-View Events

Undertaker and Triple H at Wrestlemania
Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons License by Simon Q
The list of WWE Pay-Per-View Events in 2015 are:
  • January 25, 2015 Royal Rumble
  • February 22, 2015 Fastlane
  • March 29, 2015 WrestleMania 31
  • April 26, 2015 Extreme Rules
  • May 17, 2015 Payback
  • June 14, 2015  Money In The Bank
  • July 19, 2015 Battleground
  • August 23, 2015 SummerSlam
  • September 20, 2015 Night of Champions
  • October 25, 2015 Hell in a Cell
  • November 22, 2015 Survivor Series
  • December 13, 2015 TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs
These are really the end all be all of events, and they usually see the fruition of all the build up of rivalries, and storylines.  These can't be seen on any network TV stations, or Hulu Plus.  They are pay-per-view, and as such, they are only viewable, on the WWE Network, which costs $9.99 a month.

Oddly enough, you will see that these pay-per-view events, have been strategically set up to have one-per month, sort of ensuring that subscribers will continue to pay for each and every month.


So, there you go.  The WWE is almost everywhere.  They've saturated the wrestling market to the point that TNA is just a tiny blip on the radar.  I'm not sure how they can survive, when the WWE is pretty much everywhere.

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