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The WWE Network: 8 Reasons It's Horrible And 7 Reasons It's Great

The WWE has been trying to appease their fans in many new ways. It has recently been announced that Thursday night Smackdown will now be aired live on Tuesday nights, which was the original day it

The WWE has been trying to appease their fans in many new ways. It has recently been announced that Thursday night Smackdown will now be aired live on Tuesday nights, which was the original day it was taped. A brand split will also be occurring soon. New faces are being seen. It is definitely a new era.

One of the biggest things the WWE has done for their fans was introduce the WWE Network in 2014. At only $9.99 a month, the WWE Network has drawn in over 1.2 million subscribers. But with that many paying customers, you are bound to have mixed reviews.

The first WrestleMania that aired on the WWE Network was WrestleMania XXX, which could have easily went down as one of the best WrestleManias of all time, and fans were pleased. Then, the first Royal Rumble aired in January of 2015, and the fans started trending #cancelwwenetwork on social media. Let's face it, fans are fickle.

The 2015 Royal Rumble was not the only drawback of the network. There have been other flaws as well, but with the flaws comes the perks. Below are some of the reasons the network sucks as well as why it is successful. Feel free to tell us what you think by commenting here or on social media.

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15 Horrible: The Search Engine

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If a person wanted to go back and re-watch a specific event in WWE history, the search engine will not search directly for it. For instance, if you were to type in the search box "Seth Rollins turns heel," no results would be found. Now this may be because the user used an inside term, but if you are invested in buying the network, chances are you know the ins and outs of wrestling.

The WWE Network search engine doesn't have the capability to search for specifics yet, as you would find in a an online search engine like Google. It has improved since last year though, now being able to search for individual matches. Classic moments that happened outside of the ring are not searchable, like promos, segments, and interviews. Until the engine can search for other things besides the matches themselves, people will not be to too satisfied.

14 Great: The Collections

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A new feature of the WWE Network are the collections. Every so often, a different WWE superstar, group of superstars, or series of events are featured with a group of shows/documentaries that shows the rise to fame for said superstars or events. The collection feature gives fans real insight into where the superstar began and how he/she became such an asset to the company.

The current library has superstars like The Rock, Stone Cold, Goldberg, and Daniel Bryan, but also includes subsets of wrestling culture like tag teams and Canadian superstars. There are nineteen collections in the library as of right now and fans are eager to see what is next to come. These collections are equivalent to the old anthology DVDs that WWE used to put out, with Becoming The Rock bearing an extreme similarity to WWE: The Rock - The Most Electrifying Man In Sports Entertainment. Definitely another cool feature.

13 Horrible: No Rewards For Loyal Customers

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The WWE consistently has promotions for new customers who are subscribing to the WWE Network for the first time. Some of these offers can include the first month being free, or maybe just the first week, but in either case, it benefits the new customer. Most new customers can capitalize on their newbie package, and get their first pay-per-view on the network for free.

Yes, this is an effective ploy to bring in new subscribers, but at the same time, those who signed up for the network at the very beginning were not able to receive any pay-per-view for free and almost feel screwed for being loyal. The WWE Network should be giving out loyalty rewards to their longest running subscribers to ensure their loyalty. If the WWE ever raises the base price of the monthly subscription for the network, the guinea pigs for it better be given some slack!

12 Great: Hall of Fame Ceremony

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No one has realized what they have missed from the Hall of Fame ceremony until it aired on the WWE Network. The ceremony is the WWE superstars' equivalent of the Oscars. Everybody dresses up, good speeches are given, everyone has a few laughs, and it is an awesome way to relax nerves a bit before the greatest show of them all. It takes place the night before WrestleMania, and it really gives the event a feeling of heaviness, as most of the inductees played a crucial part in a previous WrestleMania.

The WWE Network gives the fans the access to watch this with their subscription, without having to miss any parts that may have been edited out on the USA Network. For the most part the event is what you would think it would be, but the intangibles of watching someone like Jake "The Snake" Roberts achieve redemption in the world of wrestling is well worth the subscription fee.

11 Horrible: No Exclusive WWE App Footage

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So you're watching a match, and its starting to get really good, then boom, a commercial break comes. During the commercial break, the match continues, and when the show returns, we can see what happened exclusively from the WWE app. Well, you would think that when watching the same match on the network, you would be able to see what goes on during commercial breaks, but you do not.

In a way, it makes sense not to show app footage with the main show, as you want viewers to stay interested in the show even during commercials. On the other hand, WWE Network subscribers are already paying for a premium service, so why not cut them a break and add it into the replays? Considering the footage is the sole property of the WWE and the show is airing on a network solely owned by the WWE, it should be aired.

10 Great: Access to Other Live Events

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Thanks to the WWE Network, fans are able to see other live events that are not broadcast on television. Shows like Main Event and Superstars are available to watch exclusively on the network, as they are not part of any television deals anymore. These events do not usually contain the biggest WWE superstars, but they do give you some good matches from the mid-card talents. In fact, some wrestlers only ever wrestle on these two lesser known shows, making them WWE Network exclusive.

Fans also have access to watch interviews and interactions before and after Monday Night Raw on the Raw pre-show and Raw Backstage Pass. During these segments, WWE Hall of Famers and commentators give their impression of the shows, which is a nice touch to make it seem real. Additionally, because the network is accessible on devices, you can access all of these programs while you are actually at a WWE event.

9 Horrible: Some of the Old Content Is Edited

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If you're trying to re-watch some of the old pay-per-views that you watched from back in the day, be prepared to see some changes. The WWE Network has edited some of its original content for several reasons. One being that the content's original quality was too bad, which is something that anyone with an HD television can tell you after watching some of the content from the 80s.

Another reason for massive edits is due to WWE not owning exclusive rights to some of the content. For instance, Survivor Series of '96 has some of the biggest changes, with the opening package being changed, entrance music swapped out, and Todd Pettengill  being removed as ring announcer. The WCW content is more egregious, as top stars like Diamond Dallas Page, Jeff Jarrett, and Raven have totally different music than they did in real life. You can't just change DDP's music and think that fans aren't going to notice.

8 Great: Original Programming

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No network is credible without original programming, and the WWE Network is no different. The WWE introduced a few new series to the network in 2015, and has expanded to its library since. One of the original programs is a prank show called Swerved in which WWE Superstars prank each other or unsuspecting WWE fans. The show received high ratings for its first season, and was renewed for a second season, which is now available on demand in the library.

WWE Network is also introducing less gimmicky shows, like the Crusierweight Classic, which is bringing together 32 crusierweights from around the world to compete in a tournament. This will be a strictly lucha/lightweight/crusierweight style competition that will feature the high flying moves that Ring of Honor and Indies fans have come to love. If you like the way that wrestling is produced on NXT, you should definitely check out the Crusierwieght Classic.

7 Horrible: Not Enough Content

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Since its debut, the WWE Network has added a great deal of new material to its library. The problem, however, is that most of the content on the network is new. There is still a lot of content that is not available on the network. Old school wrestling fans would not be able to find all the content they grew up with because the library is filled with only the most recent. Any data before the year 2000, which includes the Attitude Era, perhaps the greatest era in WWE history, is limited.

WWE has tried to compensate for this by releasing anthologies and specials that highlight specific eras of wrestling. Unfortunately, 20 episodes of The Monday Night War isn't enough for most fans, especially when most episodes recycled the same footage and information. The WWE has a monopoly on the wrestling business, and employ hundreds of people, so getting that old footage uploaded shouldn't be that much of a problem.

6 Great: WCW And ECW

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Since the buyout of both the ECW and WCW, it was close to impossible to find their shows unless you videotaped them yourself (to the youngsters out there, this is before YouTube and Dailymotion). The WWE Network has most of their shows in the network's library. Fans have access to Monday Night Nitro, which was a key component to the Monday Night Wars in the WWE. Nitro and Raw were in constant competition for Monday nights, meaning the shows were nothing short of spectacular as both companies were literally fighting for their life.

Some of the WWE finest wrestlers came from these two companies. Fans can see the beginnings of superstars such as Chris Jericho, The Dudley Boyz, Booker T and many more if they dig deep enough into the network. Although ECW is available, it has been edited, which is good, as some of their shows actually turn out better when edited.

5 Horrible: Technical Issues

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The WWE Network is meant to be streamed through either a gaming device, a Roku box, a computer, or a smart TV. No matter what the internet connection/speed, or how HD your television is, the quality of the picture comes out poor at times only showing at 480p. This is especially annoying during times when the visual aspect of the product is the most important. The network's audio isn't much better, often muffling the sound of the wrestlers music and commentary.

Aside from just audio and visual distractions, there are times when the picture freezes and other times when the network replays the previous five seconds or so. The worst case scenario is when the network kicks you out of whatever you were watching, which many have reported happening in the middle of pay-per-views. Considering the network has been up for over two years now, this is an issue that should have been addressed already.

4 Great: NXT

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The WWE Network is meant to be streamed through either a gaming device, a Roku box, a computer, or a smart TV. No matter what the internet connection/speed, or how HD your television is, the quality of the picture comes out poor at times only showing at 480p. This is especially annoying during times when the visual aspect of the product is the most important. The network's audio isn't much better, often muffling the sound of the wrestlers music and commentary.

Aside from just audio and visual distractions, there are times when the picture freezes and other times when the network replays the previous five seconds or so. The worst case scenario is when the network kicks you out of whatever you were watching, which many have reported happening in the middle of pay-per-views. Considering the network has been up for over two years now, this is an issue that should have been addressed already

3 Horrible: No Live Stream/Next Day Raw/SmackDown

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Though live streaming may cause contractual issues with the USA Network, it is still a grievance of the WWE Network subscribers that they pay money to NOT watch WWE's main programs. Many fans are hoping that WWE follows a model like Hulu though, and have the shows ready to stream for next day availability. Currently the shows end up on the network eventually, but not timely enough for those without cable.

As cable is becoming more obsolete in most homes, more and more people are subscribing to streaming networks, and the ultimate WWE fans will be at a financial disadvantage. They will not only have to subscribe to the WWE Network, but they will also have to subscribe to Hulu in order to see a next day shortened version of Raw, or SmackDown. WWE management has received an incredible amour of praise for revolutionizing the content-to-viewer model, and by making these shows also available on the network they can continue that track record.

2 Great: Only $9.99

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When it comes down to it, no matter what the flaws of the network are, the fact that you can watch every pay-per-view for only $9.99 is pretty incredible. That fact is especially true considering fans were forking up over $60 for some bigger events through their cable network (don't even get us started on HD pay-per-views).

For under $10 a month, fans can not only live stream current pay-per-views, but watch past ones, as well as all the other content available. The network caters to all fans from every era of wrestling with its vast libraries of content. Though the streaming may not be perfect, and everything we wish for is not available, the network is constantly adding and changing to accommodate all the WWE fans desire. For how much you may ask? Well if you do not know that by now, you have not been watching enough WWE.

1 Horrible: Pay Per Views Have Gone Downhill

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Since WWE has offered the WWE Network with every live pay-per-view for only $9.99 a month, some cable and satellite companies have stopped offering the event for purchase. Considering that some pay-per-views are exclusive to the WWE Network, the quality has decreased quite dramatically. Since the network launched, there have been very minimal pay-per-views that were worth the time and money. The trend to cancel the WWE Network after the 2015 Royal Rumble is a perfect case and point.

Perhaps the WWE feels secure in their place as the number one source of wrestling content, and have allowed the pay-per-views to suffer as a result of it. The introduction of the brand split, in addition to the NXT roster making its way to the main shows could make a huge difference for the network. WWE always seems to excel when facing competition, and right now, they aren't competing against anyone.

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