The WWE Network is only (say it with me) $9.99 a month. For fans that used to order every single pay-per-view, that’s pretty much getting access to anything and everything within the WWE Universe for the price of two WrestleManias! Whether you’re a die-hard wrestling fan or just a casual one, subscribing to the Network really seems like a no brainer.
Perhaps such a no brainer that WWE brass hasn’t done all they could do with their future, and make no mistake about it–the WWE Network is the future of the company. If it were to flounder, WWE won’t be going out of business, but it would be a huge hit to the company’s collective psyche. Vince McMahon once took a huge gamble and saw PPVs as a viable revenue stream with WrestleMania, so we all know he’s a gambling man. Heck, the entire WWE constantly gambles on which combination of character and match will be successful enough to catapult them to the next level.
It might be award-winning, but the WWE Network cannot rest on its laurels, and seeing as how they keep giving away months for free to try and get subscribers, there’s something off about the Network. Whether it’s a lot of original content or better usage of their video library, there is a multitude of ways the Network can improve. Hopefully someone in Stamford has already thought of these ideas and are trying to implement them, but if not, here are 25 Things WWE Can Do to Make the Network Better.
25 25. WWE Universe Spotlight
24 24. More Exclusive Events
23 23. Corey Graves
22 22. What Am I Watching?
21 21. News Updates
20 20. Themed Programming
19 19. NXT – The Journey
18 18. What’s the Deal with That?!
Survivor Series, 2014: The Authority was about to claim victory over John Cena’s team and Triple H blatantly cheated to ensure victory. The lights went down and Sting appeared on WWE television for the first time in his near 30 year career.
Monday Night Raw, May 4th, 2015 : Sami Zayn answers the John Cena U.S. Open Challenge.
17 17. Live @ 6:05! It’s WCW Saturday Night!
Obviously it wouldn’t actually air live, but the WWE Network can air every episode of WCW Saturday Night, originally Georgia Championship Wrestling, which began in 1971. Saturday nights at 6:05 was prime time for wrestling fans for almost 30 years before WCW folded, so why not take advantage of the original flagship program of WCW and its early incarnations.
16 16. The Scars of War
15 15. Update the Interface
For all their love of social media and trying to strengthen their online presence, the current user interface is fairly tame. The search function is primordial, but that would be fixed by hiring a team of taggers watching, reviewing, and cataloging the WWE archives.
14 14. Fireside Chats with J.R.
Anyone here listen to Good Ol’ JR’s Ross Report Podcast? It’s one of the better wrestling podcasts out there. Jim Ross could bring over 40 years of experience, plus his beloved voice, to a weekly show where he would interview everyone from his friends, like Stone Cold Steve Austin and Jim Cornette to people like Eric Bischoff.
13 13. WWE at the Movies
12 12. The Real Road to WrestleMania
11 11. Run Angles on Cable that Culminate on the Network
10 10. House Shows
9 9. Revive the Legends of Wrestling
8 8. Renee Young
7 7. Rewinds, WrestleMania or Otherwise
6 6. Beyond the Ring Premier Night Exclusive Playlists
Beyond the Ring is the name WWE uses to collect all of their wonderful DVD retrospectives. Here's where you can check out the stories of promotions long gone, like the AWA and WCCW, get the inside scoop on the rivalry between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels, and, most recently, see a fantastic retrospective on the Macho Man Randy Savage.
5 5. Monday Night War Section
4 4. Enough of the Repeats
3 3. You Own the Libraries, Use Them!
2 2. The PPV Build Playlist
1 1. Make the Current Product Must See TV
This sounds like a no brainer, but the more popular the current product is, the more eyes that will be drawn to the Network and consumption of all things WWE. The WWE brass speak fondly of the Attitude Era, which was the last great boom period, but that era ended at WrestleMania X-Seven in 2001. A lot of current fans weren’t even born then. They’ve already hooked the fans who grew up on saying their prayers or giving a “hell yeah,” but they need to keep improving. The in ring product is slowly but surely getting better, but the writers need to stop randomly changing storylines and assuming we’ve immediately forgotten things, like when Nikki Bella stabbed Brie in the back. Also, the man at the top needs to start giving some guys better chances at breaking the glass ceiling. Hopefully, we’re seeing that change now with guys like Rollins and Ambrose, but make no mistake about it, if Raw and SmackDown became must see TV again, then the Network would be must buy TV.
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