Like the millions of other wrestling fans out there, you need to watch WWE's Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view event live Sunday night from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, right?
Think it’s lost some of its luster with the injured CM Punk on the shelf? Perhaps, but there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
The Divas’ battle royale? Big Show vs. Sheamus in a chairs match for the heavyweight championship? Ziggler-Cena for Dolph’s Money in the Bank contract? Yes, please…and thank you very much.
If you want to get it all on your TV, the way the wrestling gods intended, you can order the pay-per-view through your cable company for about $45 in standard definition and $55 for high-def. WWE.com has a very clear explanation of how to do it. Take a look here.
There's ordering info for AT&T U-verse, BrightHouse, Interactive Optimum, Charter Communications, Comcast/Xfinity, Cox Communications, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight Digital Cable, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FIOS.
Of course, you wrestling hipsters out there can also watch the entire event live online at WWE.com. You first have to purchase the event—and be logged into the video player at www.wwe.com/ppv from within their storefront. Once you've bought the event and completely logged in, you should see the Play Now button for the event.
WWE.com also has a terrific feature that allows you to search for nearby Blast Areas, or local bars and restaurants that will be showing the PPV. More often than not, you’ll have to pay some kind of cover charge to get in, but it won’t be nearly as much as ordering the PPV at home. You’ll also have to pay for whatever pizza, wings, burgers, fries and adult beverages you consume while you’re there—but what better place to watch the madness of WWE than in a loud, crowded bar with loads of other wrestling fans?
Of course, there are other options too, like trying to stream the PPV for free on your computer. And sure, there are plenty of sketchy sites out there that offer “free live streaming” of pay-per-view events like this—but can you trust them?
Some seem reliable, but you never know what you’re getting yourself (or your computer) into. The quality can be really crummy, and there are often viruses, malware or pop-ups that will ruin your experience—not to mention your hard drive.
Just a warning for you other cheapskates (like me) out there trying to game the system.
I love a great deal as much as the next guy, but this is an event I need to see for real. I don’t want to tempt fate with one of these sites. There's no way I'll miss out on an event like this.