Ex-Navy air traffic controller, radio DJ (back when radio was actually fun:) Spent 20yrs as a 9-1-1 dispatcher in the SF Bay Area. Bass player for a few country-rock groups, love playing bluegrass bass when the opportunity presents itself. Now semi-retired and living in the boondocks in Oregon and doing repair work on acoustic and electric stringed instruments.
I would think WWE would want anyone they could get, but a lot of the things that affect their customers are outside their control. Dish dropping the PPVs and Internet companies being too slow are probably big concerns to WWE, or at least to their board of directors.
It sucks that your situation is like that. Does your cell phone service have high speed? Maybe you could use their Internet.
I think you might have hit the nail on the head with 'collateral damage' but I don't think this situation should last too long. Providers can drop pay-per-views but the WWE aren't going to backtrack on the Network at this point, so it's a fairly limp gesture in the long run. I think especially since WrestleMania is coming up, they'll soon start carrying pay-per-views again, but it is still pretty shady on both parts for them to leave fans like yourself in the lurch. I imagine you might have already been in touch with customer complaints for both companies but if not it might be worth doing. If you don't ask, you don't get.
I blame that more on the pay-per-view providers than on WWE. WWE still wants to have the PPV medium, but it's companies like Direct TV that are pulling them because they aren't happy with the idea of the Network. As far as I know, many PPV providers are going on a wait-and-see basis and aren't pulling them completely as of now, so you may be in luck.
That sucks. I didn't realize people were doing that. I'll mention to my editor and team leader. Feel free to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org as well. They handle community issues.