Nick Mason: WWE Network a good thing, or a bad thing?
Hello and welcome back to another blog on LockUP, today, I will be discussing the WWE network, and what possible upsides and downsides that could effect British Wrestling. The biggest question I get asked on a daily basis, is the WWE Network good for British Wrestling, or doesn’t it matter?
Well, what do you think? Good or bad? Common sense would say that it would be bad for British wrestling, due to the price of the network. But, I believe it won’t even effect British Wrestling, in fact, it could even aid our cause.
$9.99 is to be the price at the get go, in the USA. Which, if I’m honest, is incredibly low, for the type of content they are willing to offer, including the Pay-Per-Views too. Hundreds of thousands of hours of on demand content and original content, not forgetting reality programming. *Psst, if you want it for $9.99 you have to commit for 6 months!*
However, will that price convert to the GBP? Because that would mean that content would probably be at its cheapest. But, when you think about it, many UK wrestling fans are hard-core WWE fans, and would probably spend the £14.99 on their PPV’s anyway. So, technically speaking, UK promotions won’t really suffer so much.
What will happen though? Increased wrestling knowledge by lower level wrestlers, or those who are starting out. I remember saying this when I heard about the WWE network announcement, this will be the ‘Holy Grail’ for young wrestlers, who would look to study a certain wrestler, or his matches. The content will be there, it’s just a matter of it being used effectively.
Now, you may be sitting there looking at your screen, saying that I’m a complete moron, that I don’t know what I’m talking about. But, people learn differently, some people would rather be practical, some would rather watch a video. So we could see a greater array of talent, but it’s too early to say.
The WWE Network is going to change the way content is distributed, it’s just a shame that we have to wait until late this year, early next to have access to this. Remember, Netflix may be doing something similar, but WWE will be taking ‘over the top content’ to a different level.
To round up, I don’t believe UK promotions will suffer, this initiative could aid talent growth in the UK and I don’t think the WWE network is a bad thing for British wrestling. It’s only bad because we have to wait. Damn it.
Are you looking forward to the WWE network? I know for one I am! Let us know your opinions on the Facebook page! We’d be interested to hear your thoughts. Will you be getting the service when it becomes available later in the year?