6. The WWE Network/CES 2014 Announcement Was Teased During an Edition of “Old School Raw”
During an “Old School Edition” of WWE RAW, several teasers for the WWE Network were showcased all over the three-hour programming. The WWE Network logo even appeared next to the announcement promos for WWE’s big CES 2014 announcement in Las Vegas at the Wynn Hotel. This “Old School Edition” of RAW may have been a preview of what the network is set to offer its fans – a gathering of past, present and future wrestling stars.
7. Planned Content for the WWE Network Includes Old and New Wrestling Footage
UPDATE: Every PPV from WCW, ECW and WWE will be featured through the video-on-demand service. NXT will also be airing on the network. The Attitude Era will be shown uncensored and uncut. Pre-show and post-show shows will air after WWE RAW. Here’s a LINK to the PPV’s planned to launch with the WWE App.
Most of the planned footage for the WWE Network includes previous footage of the wrestling library that WWE has amassed over the years. Footage from old school WWE (WWWF AND WWF), along with WCW, ECW, NWA and AWA will most likely be available for viewing on the network. This past footage includes TV shows, PPV’s, specials etc.
8. Original Programming Has Already Been Filmed for the WWE Network
UPDATE: The original shows that will air on the WWE Network include Wrestlemania Rewind, Legends’ House, WWE Countdown and The Monday Night War – WWE vs. WCW.
Original programming is set to air on the WWE Network. One of those shows, WWE Legends’ House, is a reality show that features several past wrestling legends. In fact, 10 episodes of this special project have already been filmed. The production for the show initally began in January 2012 in Palm Springs, Florida. The final filming efforts for the show took place at the home of Harpo Max in February 2012. Over 21 weeks, the show was shot and post-produced for its introduction on the planned WWE Network. The confirmed legends who will appear on the show include “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Hillbilly Jim, Howard Finkel, Jimmy Hart, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Pat Patterson and “Mr. USA” Tony Atlas. Sadly, this next list of legends WON’T be showing up in the legends home – “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes, The Iron Shiek, “Superfly” Jimmy Snuka, Sgt. Slaughter and The Honky Tonk Man.
9. WrestleMania Rewind is One of the First Shows That Was Chosen for the Network
Thanks to an online fan survey poll, fans were responsible for choosing the official name for one of the first planned WWE Network programs- WrestleMania Rewind. This show may feature clips and commentary of past WrestleMania matches and moments. Past editions of RAW that used the “WrestleMania Rewind” title have featured rematches of past WrestleMania bouts.
10. Footage of a Controversial Superstar Will Air on the WWE Network
Chris Benoit, a wrestler that has been whitewashed from WWE’s large collection of wrestling footage, will actually be shown in WWE Network footage. WWE announced that they will air an advisory warning to viewers before any Chris Benoit footage begins airing.