WWE is one of the biggest brands in entertainment, so it’s pretty easy to keep up with its popular shows and events.
WWE, short for World Wrestling Entertainment, is a huge media company that mainly deals in wrestling. The name also refers to the professional wrestling promotion itself, the largest in the world. Its popularity came naturally, mainly due to pro wrestling’s incredibly entertaining nature. The over-the-top characters and competitive spirit of the fights should be enough to keep fans glued to the screen, with the lavish production just an added bonus.
WWE offers weekly shows like Raw and SmackDown, but also huge pay-per-view events, including the ‘big four’ – WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble. For UK fans of wrestling, it’s easy to keep up with both and you can even take advantage of a free trial or two to live stream the WWE without paying a cent upfront.
UK (BST) dates and times for upcoming WWE events
|Hell in a Cell||Monday 17 September||12:00 AM BST||San Antonio, Texas||AT&T Center|
|Super Show-Down||Saturday 6 October||10:00 AM BST||Melbourne, Australia||Melbourne Cricket Ground|
|Evolution||Sunday 28 October||11:00 PM BST||Uniondale, New York||Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum|
|NXT TakeOver: WarGames||Saturday 17 November||TBA||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center|
|Survivor Series||Sunday 18 November||11:00 PM BST||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center|
|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs||Sunday 17 December||TBA||San Jose, California||TBA|
Stream with WWE Network
WWE’s own streaming service, WWE Network, is very affordable considering that it also provides access to all of the brand’s live pay-per-view events. For only US$9.99/month, you can stream all special events, as well as access hours of archive content. Considering that a PPV event usually costs more than $20, a subscription to the service is a must for die-hard WWE fans. Even better – if you’re a new user, you get a one-month free trial, so you can test-drive the platform before being charged to enjoy the goods.
As far as content is concerned, subscribers can stream the big pay-per-view events – Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and Survivor Series – but also other brand-specific events like Hell in a Cell or Elimination Chamber. Fans also gain access to in-ring premier shows like NXT, where new Superstars amaze the WWE Universe every week; and 205 Live, where you can catch up with WWE’s Cruiserweight division.
Moreover, there are thousands of hours of on-demand programming available, so there’s little chance you’ll run out of stuff to watch. The only thing you won’t get, though, is access to Raw and SmackDown live episodes. Only replays are available, about a month after the episodes originally air in the US.
On the compatibility front, WWE Network works with a wide variety of devices. You can watch on your computer or tablet/smartphone, on game consoles and media streaming players. The list of compatible devices includes XBOX One, XBOX 360, PS4, PS3, Apple TV, and Chromecast. The app also works on selected smart TVs in the US, so you should check if it’s available from the relevant smart TV download store on your TV. As for how much data streaming WWE content will burn, it’s similar to the likes of Netflix – about 1.35GB/hour at high quality.
|Stream the WWE with a FREE 30-day trial|
Watch with Sky
Outside of WWE’s very own streaming service, the company has also partnered with Sky as its local broadcaster in the UK.
Sky’s Sports Arena for regular matches and Sky Sports Box Office for pay-per-view events.
Below is a comparison of Sky’s TV bundles.
|The Original Bundle||£15||35 + entertainment channels, 240 free-to-air channels|
|The Variety Bundle||£25||75 + entertainment channels, 240 free-to-air channels|
|The Family Bundle||£31||75 + entertainment channels, 240 free-to-air channels, 50+ HD channels|
|The Sports Bundle||£32||75 + entertainment channels, 240 free-to-air channels, 50+ HD channels, 7 sports channels|
|The Movies Bundle||£42.50||75 + entertainment channels, 240 free-to-air channels, 50+ HD channels, 11 movie channels|
|The Ultimate Bundle||£70.75||75 + entertainment channels, 240 free-to-air channels, 50+ HD channels, 11 movie channels, 7 sports channels|