With the new WWE Network coming on the horizon, there has been a lot of talk of how the company will handle their programing like RAW, Smackdown and most importantly the yearly pay-per-view schedule. Will some events be on the network, and what will still be available on PPV?
The current rumors have been saying that the Big Four events of the Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam and the Survivor Series will be still be available on regular pay-per-view while the other events during the year will be hosted on the network.
While nothing is confirmed yet, the latest talk on pay-per-views airing on the new WWE Network is that WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and maybe one other event will be kept on pay-per-view while the remaining events will be shown on the network.
Because the WWE Network won’t be available at first in a majority of homes, it’s possible that WWE will still offer the events to purchase on regular pay-per-view.
If the network does debut in early April as previewed, the WWE should definitely keep their pay-per-view events on the service until the bugs are worked out with the network. Everyone knows, a brand new venture like this will have some of the usual obstacles to get over in the early months.
After the network gets into a groove and starts getting a footing with people subscribing to the network, the WWE can go ahead with the proposed plan of taking all of their minor pay-per-views to the network while keeping the Big Four on pay-per-view.
An idea the WWE can use for those subscribed to the network, the company can offer the Big Four events at a discounted price on the network's website or WWE.com as an incentive to get people to watch the PPV. Not to mention, get a new subscriber at the same time instead of the 50 dollars those events usually run right now.
The WWE can also make interactive pre-shows for all of their pay-per-views. It could be along the lines of a studio show like Sunday NFL Countdown or even taking it on the road like College Gameday with a set either inside the arena for more of presence at the event-instead of just starting the show on a Sunday
So Bleachers, what do you think of the WWE leaving the Big Four and possibly plus one on PPV while the rest of the schedule moves to the new WWE Network in 2012?
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