With the coronavirus outbreak keeping people at home, many folks have turned to streaming video services to pass the time. One of the biggest forms of entertainment on TV is pro wrestling, and there’s no bigger name in that business than World Wrestling Entertainment or WWE. The center of that company’s business is the WWE Network, and it’s getting ready for the biggest event of its year, Wrestlemania 36.
So what is WWE Network, and what do you need to know before you sign up for it to watch Wrestlemania 36? We have the answers for you so you can prepare for all the action in and out of the ring. And don’t forget to sign up for a free or subscription account!
What is WWE Network?
The streaming service first launched in 2014. The reason for the service was that WWE’s owners decided they more control of the content created by the organization, rather than depend on cable TV channel agreements. The service currently has just under 1.5 million subscribers, according to WWE’s latest financial statement.
How much is WWE Network?
WWE Network costs $9.99 a month in the U.S. You can use your credit or debit card to pay. You can also purchase a WWE Network gift card at various retail locations, including Walmart, Gamestop, and CVS.
Is there a way to watch WWE Network for free?
Yes, there is. The service recently allowed anyone with a free WWE Network account can watch a ton of content on the service. That includes replays of all of the previous Wrestlemania events and more.
Paid subscribers get a 30-day free trial, which allows them access to all of the service’s content. That includes the month’s latest pay-per-view event, which as of this writing will be the two-day Wrestlemania 36. You can cancel your subscription at any time before the trial period ends to avoid paying.
Where is WWE Network available?
The service first launched in the U.S. and has since expanded to cover nearly all countries around the world.
What platforms can I use to watch the service?
The service is available to watch on Android and iOS devices via downloadable apps. WWE Network is also available on Roku streaming sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs that have the Roku OS installed and the same goes for Amazon Fire TV-based sticks, set-top boxes, and TVs. The service also is available on Android TV-based devices such as the Nvidia Shield set-top box.
The service is even available for casting to TVs via Google Chromecast and devices that have Chromecast built-in. However, for some unknown reason, subscribers cannot watch WWE pay-per-view events, like the upcoming Wrestlemania 36, via Chromecast.
WWE Network is also available on the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony Playstation 4 game consoles, and for the Apple TV set-top boxes. You can stream the service on Samsung, Sony, and LG smart TVs. Finally, PC owners can use their web browser to surf over to the WWE Network web site to sign up and watch content.
How many people can share my WWE Network account?
Unfortunately, the service does not officially allow you to share your account with anyone else. Only one concurrent stream per account is supported.
What download speeds are supported by the service?
For standard definition content, the WWE Network requires at least 7Mbps of download speed. To stream HD content on the service, you will need at least 10Mbps of download speed.
What can I watch on WWE Network?
WWE Network has a ton of great programming to stream, even if you are just checking out the recently made available free content. The biggest attraction is access to nearly all of the past and current WWE pay-per-view events, including live streaming of Wrestlemania 36 on April 4 and 5. You can also go old school and watch nearly every past episode of WWE’s cable shows, including RAW, Smackdown and more. You can even watch old shows of pro wrestling franchises that WWE has acquired over the years, including WCW and ECW shows. Or maybe you want to watch the organization’s past reality shows on other cable networks, including Total Divas? Wish granted.
The service has a lot of original programming, t0o. Here’s just a sample of what you can stream on the network.
- This Week in WWE – A weekly look back at the WWE’s cable TV programming.
- WWE’s The Bump – A daytime-talk show-style series with new episodes every week.
- WWE 24 – A documentary show that goes deeper into WWE stars and events.
- Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions – Former WWE wrestler “Stone Cold” Steve Austin hosts this interview series with current and former WWE stars.
- WWE Untold – This series looks back at memorable matches, with new interviews and insights.
- The Monday Night War – A documentary mini-series that chronicles the rivalry in the 1990s between the WWE (then called the WWF) and Ted Turner’s WCW organization.
- Camp WWE – This is an animated series from the team behind Robot Chicken. It depicts WWE wrestlers as kids going to summer camp, with former WWE stars as their counselors.
Can I watch WWE Raw, WWE Smackdown, and WWE NXT live on WWE Network?
Unfortunately, no. The agreements WWE has with the cable TV networks (USA Network for Raw and NXT and Fox for Smackdown) prevent the service from streaming them live. However, episodes of both shows are made available on the service 30 days after they are first shown on their cable networks.
What is Wrestlemania 36?
The latest entry in the long-running pay-per-view wrestling event will be streamed on the WWE Network. This year, Wrestlemania 36 will be streamed over two nights, April 4 and 5. It will feature wrestlers from the Raw, Smackdown and, for the first time, NXT shows.
Originally, the event was to be held in Tampa, Florida, However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, WWE decided to pre-tape the event. One part will be held at the Orlando, Florida performance center, and at another at a currently undisclosed location. The taping of the events, which will be held without a live audience, will be made March 25 and 26. There will be a number of undercard matches and two major matches. Brock Lenser will defend his Raw WWE Champion title against Drew McIntyre, and Goldberg will fight against Roman Reigns for Smackdown’s Universal Championship belt.
That’s what you need to know about the WWE Network and Wrestlemania 36. Will you sign up and watch the event in early April? Hit the link below to do so!