Notice that there has been no mention of the WWE Network on Raw or Smackdown recently? After weeks and weeks of seeing those heavily promoted cool dubstep promos, the whole thing seems to have been dropped from WWE screens like a hot potato.
As has been noted by this site previously, while the WWE Network was originally due to launch on April 1 to coincide with the WrestleMania festivities, the date was pushed back after company officials apparently realized a spring launch did not give them sufficient enough time to arrange widespread clearance and properly arrange their programming schedule.
Connecticut broadcaster Scott Criscuolo, who first broke the news about the delayed launch date on his "Place To Be" wrestling podcast.several weeks ago, reported that the network had been pushed back until September.
Criscuolo, who works at one of WWE's transmission centres in Stamford, claimed the delay was rooted in WWE's great struggle to find staff members and qualified people to run the project, as well as the aforementioned problems with gaining clearance with US cable providers.
In this week's F4W Newsletter Bryan Alvarez puts the launch date back even further than that, and also noted that we shouldn't expect to see any more promos for the channel until at least WrestleMania season. Although he also confirmed that filming of the reality show Legends House is going ahead regardless:
There was no mention whatsoever of the WWE Network on TV this week as it has officially been pushed back to this fall. The next set of launch commercials are expected to air around WrestleMania, and the proposed launch date at present is around November 2012. Don't be surprised if that gets pushed back as well. They are still moving forward with the filming of Legends House.
Legends House, essentially the only show for the network that WWE have gotten off the ground, is due to begin filming in February in Rancho Mirage, Calif., according to reports.
Based on the idea of a bunch of retired wrestling personalities attempting to co-exist under one roof (with wacky results!) it is set to star Roddy Piper, Gene Okerlund, Dusty Rhodes and the Iron Sheik.