WWE News: Update on Plans for Which PPVs Will Be Shown on the WWE Network

Chris Humphrey@@_CBH_Correspondent IJuly 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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Following the announcement of the WWE Network last fall, there has been lots of talk by fans of the company about whether the current schedule of pay-per-view events would be moved to the channel to help bring in new subscribers.

Over time, there have been many plans mentioned by the fans, with the most common one being that the big four events—WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble—stay on PPV while minor events become exclusive to the WWE Network.

Here are the details from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (via WrestlingInc.com) on the current plan for whether or not pay-per-views will be airing on the new network from the company.

The current plan for the WWE Network is to have every pay-per-view except WrestleMania be included. An alternate plan was all but two pay-per-views (WrestleMania and SummerSlam) being on the Network.

WWE would continue offering pay-per-views like they always have to people whose cable companies don't have access to the Network or to people looking to buy just single events.

Whether or not the company chooses to keep SummerSlam on the WWE Network, or have it remain on pay-per-view with WrestleMania, the two plans by the WWE will almost certainly bring in fans to subscribe to the channel with the current high prices for the monthly events.

The best plan for the WWE would be to go with the alternative plan mentioned in the source so the company can build SummerSlam into the summertime version of WrestleMania, where it can possibly be held in major stadiums like the April tradition.

With plans for nearly every pay-per-view on the WWE Network outside of WrestleMania, would this news make you more interested in picking up the channel along with all the classic programming from past promotions like WCW and ECW?


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