WWE Pay Per View on a verge to another platform

04/02/2020

Felix Upton from Ringside News reported that WrestleMania will most likely not be available next year on the WWE Network. The WWE Network is a streaming service and digital television network that launched on February 24, 2014. The network has a library of past and present videos and shows to include all live pay per view (PPV) events. Last February, rumors were spreading that WWE was planning to sell its pay per view rights to ESPN. Most American telecommunications and mass media companies are charging Wrestlemania approximately $60 while WWE Network is advertising $9.99 a month with the first month free.

Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer, blogged about the future of WrestleMania leaving WWE Network. However, will that be the only pay per view that will not be aired on the WWE Network? WWE has four major PPVs in a year - WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series, and Summerslam. The four events have a great market value in which WWE can profit and have the remaining PPV events intact.

Next year, WWE will go to Hollywood for WrestleMania 37.

Reaction: If it is only WrestleMania or even the four PPV events, would you pay to see it with an increased price? I understand that not the whole world is able to watch the WWE Network. However, if WWE is wanting to go that direction, I think it is a great idea. It will be like watching PPV before 2014. However, why not have the PPV still be on the WWE Network and charge the customers extra for these events only? ESPN+ has a subscription similar to the WWE Network and they charge PPVs for UFC and Boxing.

If it is possible, WWE should expand their PPVs to other markets and still broadcast the shows in the WWE Network.

Thoughts?