Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson (2000, 2019)
Stephanie McMahon (2004, 2019)
Daniel Bryan (2012, 2019)
Trish Stratus (2003, 2019)
Jerry Lawler (1994, 2019)
Chris Jericho (2000, 2019)
Brock Lesnar (2002, 2019)
Vince McMahon (1980, 2014)
Adam ‘Edge’ Copeland (2004, 2016)
Shawn Michaels (2004, 2018)
Bill Goldberg (2001, 2019)
Shane McMahon (2002, 2019)
The Undertaker (2000, 2015)
WWE has launched a free version of its streaming platform.
On Monday (01.06.20), the professional wrestling company announced details for a new edition of the WWE Network which offers fans access to a vast portion of its content library at no cost.
The free tier of the online service – which is available on all devices – features recent episodes of ‘Monday Night Raw’, ‘NXT’ and ‘Friday Night SmackDown’, as well as new programmes including ‘Raw Talk’.
Also part of the package are original series – such as ‘Monday Night War’, ‘Ride Along’, ‘Photo Shoot’ and ‘Table For 3’ – and a selection of historical pay-per-view shows and ‘NXT TakeOver’ events, plus weeklight highlight shows.
In a statement, Jayar Donlan – WWE Executive Vice President, Advanced Media – said: “Our company’s digitisation strategy and a new way for all fans to be able to experience premium WWE content.
“As we continue to re-imagine WWE Network’s offering, the Free Version will serve as an effective way to reach a broader group of consumers and allow them to experience the history and spectacle of WWE.”
Donlan has described the new feature as “a balance of providing a great experience for our fans by essentially offering unlimited access to a larger array of programming while still maintaining the value of our more premium content”.
The move comes after WWE made some Network content free to view in the build-up to ‘WrestleMania 36’ – at which Drew McIntyre was crowned the WWE Champion – back in April, which helped boost the platform’s sign-up figures.
Donlan added to The Hollywood Reporter: “Evolving is smart and putting new offers in the marketplace stimulates consumer activity. It gives us a good fan experience.”
The ‘WWE Network: Free Version’ is available now by downloading the WWE App on any device, including TVs, gaming consoles, mobile phones, tablets and computers.