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Wrestling is a bigger player in the streaming world than many viewers realize. In 2019, a study found the WWE Network was the fifth-most popular streaming service in the United States. It beat out services like Sling TV and CBS All Access.
So what is the WWE Network? And how do you watch it?
You’ve got questions, and at Cordcutting.com, we love giving answers almost as much as the WWE loves creating heel turns. WWE Network offers both live events and on-demand programming, so keep reading to find out everything you need to know about the WWE Network. You’ll find out both how to get WWE Network in the first place and how to cancel WWE Network if it turns out you don’t like it.
Gone are the days when you had to pay $40, $50, or more to watch major WWE events like Wrestlemania and Summerslam. With WWE Network, those traditionally pay-per-view events are included in the monthly price you pay. If you’re out of town or lose power during a big event like Royal Rumble, it’s OK: You’ll be able to watch it on demand shortly after it airs.
Feeling nostalgic? If you want to watch Summerslam from 2000 you can do that with WWE Network. That’s true even though the company behind these events went by WWF back then. (If you’re curious, WWF stood for World Wrestling Federation; WWE stands for World Wrestling Entertainment, although no one calls it by its full name nowadays.)
There’s lots of current programming for wrestling fans as well. You’ll get original WWE Network shows like WWE Timeline, The Day Of, Ride Along, and Camp WWE.
What about weekly shows like Raw and Smackdown? They currently air on USA Network and Fox, respectively. If you don’t tune in to Smackdown on Friday night, can you catch up with it on the WWE Network? You can, but you won’t be able to do it the next day. You’ll have to wait 31 days before each episode of those two shows makes its way to WWE Network. At least you can watch every older episode of those shows in the meantime!
You can watch WWE Network on smart TVs, tablets, and much more. Here’s a comprehensive list of compatible streaming platforms and devices for WWE Network.
WWE Network has two tiers: free and paid. To get the free content, you may or may not need to sign up for a free account. It’s not as confusing as it sounds on the surface, so stick with us.
So what can you watch for free on WWE Network? The free plan launched in June with more than 15,000 available titles, including older pay-per-view shows. The bad news is there’s no complete list of what’s free versus what’s not, at least not as far as we can tell. The good news is that you can easily figure out the difference by going to the WWE Network and browsing the shows. If a program you’re interested in has a lock symbol in the corner, then you need to pay up. If it has a profile icon, you’ll need to create a profile. But if it has neither of those, then there’s nothing stopping you from watching it right away.
Let’s say you’ve sampled the free WWE Network wares and want to upgrade. How much should you plan on forking over each month? For $9.99 a month, you’ll join more than 2 million other wrestling fans with access to everything WWE Network has to offer. You’ll be automatically billed every month. So if you start a subscription on Aug. 20, you can expect to get billed on or around that day every month thereafter.
The WWE doesn’t have seasons like the NBA or NFL. You’d pay less if you subscribed to a league streaming service like MLB.TV halfway through the baseball season, but that’s not the case for WWE Network — with no season, there are no mid-season discounts. These wrestlers are piledriving and chokeslamming each other all year round.
Because of that, it’s harder to predict when or if the WWE Network will offer discounts and deals. Check out our Cordcutting.com WWE Network coverage and our social media pages for the latest information on any current WWE Network deals.
WWE Network used to offer free trials, but that’s no longer necessary because the service now has a free tier that you can watch whenever you want. You’re not going to get a traditional free trial from WWE, but you’re arguably getting something better with their free tier.
You don’t have just three or seven or even 30 days to decide if you want to keep watching. Instead, you can watch for free as long as you feel like it and upgrade on your own schedule rather than one dictated by the calendar.
If you subscribe to other streaming services, then WWE Network’s model should look pretty familiar. You won’t be signing a contract, and you can technically cancel anytime. But your cancellation will only kick in at the end of your billing period.
As for refunds? WWE Network doesn’t have them. It’s not possible to cancel halfway through your billing cycle and get $5 back, for instance. After you cancel, you’ll still have access to the paid tier for the rest of the month, regardless of if that’s three weeks or three days.
Figuring out how to cancel WWE Network is way simpler than following the often-elaborate storylines both inside and outside the ring.
First, go to WWE.com and sign into your account. Once you’re signed in, click on the Account Summary page. From there, you’ll need to scroll down and click “Cancel.” After that, do what the on-screen prompts tell you. It’s easier (and much less painful) than getting hit in the back of a head with a folding chair.
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