Dish Network and DirecTV are embroiled in a dispute over the WWE Network. Included in the $9.99 monthly cost of the streaming service is all 12 WWE pay-per-views. Cable providers had been charging around $50 for those, making the WWE Network a much better proposition. Dish and DirecTV both said they would decide on a case-by-case basis whether to continue offering WWE PPVs. This Sunday’s Extreme Rules is a case they’re not interested in.
This goes along with industry speculation that cable providers would opt to air the WWE’s four most popular PPVs: Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series and forget about the others. A lot of fans only bother ordering these four anyway. They’ve been consistent earners for WWE. The other eight events change out regularly depending on how much fan interest they’ve kept. I get paid to write about wrestling and I couldn’t list the other eight without Googling.
Extreme Rules is WWE’s attempt to relive the days of “hardcore” wrestling. With just a couple of days before the event, the only “extreme” matches are John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt in a steel cage and Daniel Bryan vs. Kane with extreme rules. It’s actually pretty easy to see why Dish and DirecTV aren’t that concerned about this one.
The WWE Network passed its Wrestlemania test, so I can officially call it a great value for wrestling fans. That $9.99 monthly subscription gets you all 12 pay-per-view events, access to WWE’s film library and original programming. In any case, we’ll keep you posted on any important developments coming out of Extreme Rules as well as DirecTV and Dish’s ongoing blood feud with WWE.
Read [Pro Wrestling.net]