Since it first launched back in February 2014, the WWE Network has changed the way we watch wrestling. Instead of spending $60 on each pay-per-view, they're all included for $9.99 per month with the streaming service. Add in an incredibly deep catalog of past events available on demand and it's more than worth that price tag.
But the WWE Network isn't just about wrestling events from the past and present. It also features an abundance of original programming made solely for the streaming service. Some of them are great, like WWE 24, Chronicle, and Breaking Ground. On the flip side, some missed the mark by a lot and that's what we're here to discuss. The 10 worst WWE Network original shows.
10 The WWE List
As a concept, The WWE List sounded like a solid show. It took several topics like merchandise, sexiest features, and shocking title changes, and ranked them. Simple, yet effective. Except that the WWE Network already had a show that followed the same idea.
WWE Countdown ran through a top ten list in each episode for topics like bloopers, Hell in a Cell matches, and more. Most fans agreed that this show did it better, which made The WWE List feel like it wasn't needed. It shortened the lists to 5 instead of 10 and didn't do anything to improve on the concept, making the whole concept feel rather redundant.
Here's another show that probably sounded like a great idea on paper. Rivalries followed the simple setup of chronicling some of the greatest feuds in wrestling history. Steve Austin vs. Vince McMahon. Dusty Rhodes vs. Ric Flair. Edge and Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz. There's a lot of ground to cover with these stories.
The series had great production value and told these important tales quite well. However, this came across as a show that never needed to be made. These rivalries have been heavily documented in various ways throughout history. The show didn't do enough to tell us anything new, so it was ultimately pretty pointless.
8 Zack And Curt Figure It Out
If there's one thing Zack Ryder is known for above everything else, including his wrestling, it's his love of action figures. He shares this love with his tag team partner and longtime friend Curt Hawkins. The former Tag Team Champions were given their own series on the WWE Network centered around these toys.
Technically, this is more of a YouTube series. It started there and the episodes are relatively short. However, it moved to the WWE Network and doesn't truly feel like it belongs there. Even with these guys being pretty charismatic, watching them seek out action figures isn't all that exciting.
7 Kitchen Smackdown
Cooking shows are all the rage. From MasterChef to Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, there are tons of these kinds of shows all over television today. The WWE Network looked to make their mark in that world with their Kitchen Smackdown series. This could've been a fun show, especially if WWE Superstars aren't good cooks.
In fact, the first episode of Kitchen Smackdown is quite good. Alicia Fox, Dana Brooke, and others competed in a cooking competition for judges like Mark Henry and NBA player Enes Kanter. It was mildly entertaining. But that was the only episode to ever air. This didn't make an impact.
6 Botch Club
One of the most popular YouTube series revolving wrestling is Botchamania. This show takes a fun look at all of the mishaps and bloopers that happen in wrestling consistently. WWE looked to capitalize on this with their own take hosted by Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.
Botch Club was almost identical to the YouTube show and that was a problem. Consider the popularity of Botchamania, there weren't too many people looking to watch Botch Club. They were already getting their fill for free on YouTube. WWE clearly got this feeling as the show only lasted a handful of episodes.
5 Superstar Ink
Superstar Ink is a show that feels like it belongs as a YouTube mini-docuseries or something. Each episode is short, running 10 minutes or less. The premise is straightforward, as it focuses on the tattoos of WWE Superstars and the stories behind them.
Corey Graves does fine work as the show's host. The problem is that there isn't always an interesting tale behind a tattoo. For every good or intriguing one, there are several that are kind of dull. That just doesn't make for compelling television outside of a handful of episodes.
4 Jerry Springer Presents WWE Too Hot For TV
The late 90s were a time when business was booming for both WWE and Jerry Springer. The world was ready for raunchy television. WWE was in the midst of their Attitude Era, Jerry Springer's show was more popular than ever, and even the profanity-laced and offensive South Park was massive.
But a pairing of Jerry Springer and WWE in the 2010s isn't one that sounds all that inviting. This show saw Springer host as he introduced clips of WWE's wildest moments. They're considered "too hot for TV," but most of them aired on television, defeating the purpose of the series.
3 Bring It To The Table
In 2017, the WWE Network premiered Bring It to the Table. It was seemingly a show that was meant to mirror what you see on ESPN each day. Debate shows like First Take where two panelists argue about a bunch of different topics. The first problem was that this show was hosted by Peter Rosenberg.
WWE has plenty of likable hosts under contract including Renee Young, Cathy Kelley, Kayla Braxton, and Charly Caruso. The latter has even hosted First Take a few times. Going with Rosenberg was a mistake as most wrestling fans don't like him or take him seriously. Watching JBL and Corey Graves argue with Rosenberg hosting wasn't entertaining in the slightest.
2 Holy Foley!
There are times when reality television can be a blast. Legends House was one of those cases on the WWE Network. Unfortunately, Holy Foley proved to be on the opposite end of that spectrum. Mick Foley is a charismatic individual who we could watch do almost anything.
The rest of his family? Not so much. This series followed Mick and his family through poorly scripted drama that is meant to come across as real. It was clearly done as a way to get Mick's daughter Noelle a starring role, and it might be mean to say, but she wasn't interesting enough to build a show around.
1 Music Power 10
When you create something as massive as the WWE Network, you're going to want to provide as much original content as possible for it. And sometimes, that means you're putting out a show that lacks creativity and feels lazy. The premise of the show is easily the worst on the WWE Network.
Instead of being a countdown list with insight or information, it's literally just clips of ten entrances from one particular show. So if you watched that WrestleMania or SummerSlam, you're just seeing entrances again. You could do that on your own skimming through the network or no YouTube. It's a waste of time.