It appears the WWE ran into some issues with its WrestleMania 29 web feed.
Fans were left in the dark for close to two hours and were unable to watch the event live.
Soon after the event started, PWInsider.com reported: "We have heard from a lot of people that after the opening segment of the PPV, the feed went out for those who bought from WWE.com."
Then around 9 p.m., they followed up on the story with this update:
The good news is that is just came on-line. The bad news (for some at least) as the show is not live and is instead starting from the beginning. That will be rough for the folks on the East Coast.
Ultimately, I get why the WWE started the show from the beginning, as it allowed fans to have a chance to watch the event in its entirety. That being said, this is something that has become commonplace for indie promotion Ring of Honor. However, fans have come to expect more from the WWE, so it’s a bit surprising that it took so long to get the feed back up and running.
On the flip side, live streaming events like these are still in their infancy, so glitches like this can be expected from time to time. Hopefully, the company does the right thing and either fully refunds or credits its fans for a future pay-per-view.
Overall, the company may feel that it did the right thing and not give fans anything more than an apology. In fact, if that's the route it takes, I think it's safe to say the WWE will not lose any of its fanbase. Let's face it, the company has battled through worse and still managed to stay on top after all of these years.