Posted on Saturday, November 22, 2014
by Paul in Wrestling
Survivor Series 2014 is an unusual pay-per-view, because to all intents and purposes it isn’t one. You can order it on PPV if you really want to, but it’s being offered as the centrepiece of a free try-out month for the WWE Network, which the WWE is still bound and determined to get you to subscribe for, being pretty much committed to the idea by this point. So it’s a freebie – no doubt explaining the ludicrously flimsy undercard.
That’s except for viewers in the UK, where the Network was announced as launching at the start of the month, only to be delayed without explanation at the last moment. The story is apparently that they still haven’t managed to sort things out with BSkyB; the most recent contract did allow for the Network launching, but not until the originally scheduled date at the start of next year. The WWE could have launched a UK version without the Sky-exclusive programming, but…
So here we are, with the UK being the only country in the world asked to pay full price for a free show. Will anyone in the UK actually be watching this show legitimately? It seems almost unimaginable.