FINALLY… the Lowdown has come back… to examine the world of the award-winning WWE Network!
So, let’s cut the crap and get into some WWE Network talk…
Jerry Springer: Too Hot For TV
Did you know that it is only a little more than 200 days ’til Christmas, 150 days ’til Halloween, 180 days ’til Thanksgiving and just over a month ’til July 4th? So, could there be a better time for WWE to add some holiday programming to the WWE Network, dagnabbit?!
Well, the answer is no (I guess) because that’s exactly what we got in the latest edition of WWE Too Hot for TV. “Season’s Beatings” brings us a collection of classics from WWE’s holiday past including a look back at some Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day, and Thanksgiving clips. The show even features a segment on the “cult classic” cartoon – Mr. McMahon and His Ass!
RAW is 1997
You may have noticed that WWE have been slowly but surely adding more and more editions of Monday Night RAW to the Network. As we discussed in our last edition of WWE Network Lowdown, they reached a point where RAW and Nitro were at exactly the same spot. Since then WWE has added the first two and a half months of 1997 RAW.
Early 1997 RAW was a real transition time for WWE as they moved from the “Monday Night RAW” era into the “RAW is WAR” era. This was brought about by a couple of truly awful looking international editions of RAW (at that point the lowest rated editions of RAW in history!). So, as WWE built towards WrestleMania 13, they were on the precipice of some really good (and all too often overlooked) editions of RAW, so stay tuned for the upcoming episodes.
Bad News for Renee?
Renee returned with another wrestling centric edition of Unfiltered this past week where she was joined by the recently crowned King Barrett. This was Renee’s first wrestling themed episode since the premier episode with Seth Rollins. On this edition Renee and Barrett chat for around 7 minutes about a whole manner of topics, including British music, ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Lab Coats and people who don’t like dogs — intrigued? If so, check it out on the Network right now.
“Joe’s Gonna Kill You!”
On the heels of another awesome Takeover show, NXT is still on fire and quickly proving to be the hottest wrestling commodity in the world! While Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch might have stolen Takeover: Unstoppable from an in-ring point of view, from a sheer shock and awe point of view the night belonged to Samoa Joe who made his debut! As wrestling fans around the world watched with their mouths wide open, the Samoan Submission [Specialist] Machine walked down the aisle to confront NXT Champ, Kevin Owens.
We sure have some interesting weeks and months of NXT TV ahead.
This wasn’t the only new content added to the award-winning WWE Network recently, so here is a full rundown of all the new content added over the past two weeks…
- Culture Shock: Hardcore Tattoo (5/20/15)
- First Look: Daniel Bryan: Just Say Yes! Yes! Yes (5/25/15)
- First Look: It’s Good to be the King (5/18/15)
- Main Event Replays: Episode 136 (5/5/15)
- RAW Pre-Show to Episode #1147 (5/18/15)
- RAW Pre-Show to Episode #1148 (5/25/15)
- RAW Replays: Episode 192 (1/6/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 193 (1/13/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 194 (1/20/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 195 (1/27/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 196 (2/3/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 197 (2/17/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 198 (2/24/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 199 (3/3/97)
- RAW Replays: Episode 200 (3/10/97)
- RAW Replays: Extreme Payback (4/27/15)
- RAW Replays: RKOOuttaNowhere (4/20/15)
- SmackDown Replays: Embrace the gate (4/23/15)
- This Week in WWE: Episode 330 (5/23/15)
- This Week in WWE: Episode 331 (5/30/15)
- Too Hot For TV: All in the Family (5/21/15)
- Too Hot for TV: Season’s Beatings (5/28/15)
- Total Divas: Paint the Island Red (10/12/14)
- Total Divas: Scared Straight (10/5/14)
- Tough Enough: Now We Face The Rattlesnake (5/25/11)
- Tough Enough: Bamboozled and Flabbergasted (5/18/15)
- Unfiltered with Renee Young: Bad News Barrett (5/26/15)
- WWE NXT: Episode 278 (5/19/15)
- WWE NXT: Episode 280 (5/27/15)
- WWE NXT: Takeover Unstoppable (5/20/15)
- WWE NXT: Takeover Unstoppable Pre-Show (5/20/15)
- WWE Payback 2015 (5/17/15)
- WWE Payback 2015 Fallout (5/17/15)
- WWE Payback 2015 Kickoff (5/17/15)
- WWE Quick Hits: “If you only knew” Music Video (5/18/15)
- WWE Quick Hits: Goldust: Up-close (6/1/15)
- WWE Quick Hits: King of the Ring Recap (5/18/15)
- WWE Quick Hits: Miz in a Mini-Cooper (5/18/15)
- WWE Quick Hits: WWE24: Booker T’s Success (5/18/15)
- WWE Superstars: Episode 319 (5/22/15)
- WWE Superstars: Episode 320 (5/29/15)
Tonight we have the special WWE Network exclusive “pay-per-view” event – Elimination Chamber. This will be the first exclusive PPV event on the WWE Network and also the first PPV event to come from Corpus Christi, Texas. The show looks to be a really interesting and unique one, especially given that the Intercontinental and Tag Team Championships will be defended inside the chamber. Here is a full rundown of the card:
WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose
Elimination Chamber Match for the vacant Intercontinental Championship
Sheamus vs. Ryback vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. King Barrett vs. Rusev vs. R-Truth
Tag Team Elimination Chamber Match for the Tag Team Championship
The New Day vs. The Lucha Dragons vs. Tyson Kidd & Cesaro vs. The Prime Time Players vs. Los Matadores vs. The Ascension
John Cena vs. Kevin Owens
Triple Threat Match for the Divas Championship
Nikki Bella vs. Paige vs. Naomi
Bo Dallas vs. Neville
Also featured on the live Kickoff Show will be a special edition of Miz TV with Daniel Bryan.
Do you realize that every match on the Elimination Chamber card (except the Intercontinental Championship Match) will feature at least one former NXT Champion?
All of the festivities begin live and exclusively on the WWE Network from 7pm EST tonight! PLUS, don’t forget you can subscribe to the WWE Network today and see the Elimination Chamber special absolutely FREE – just click here to sign up now!
Stone Cold Podcast… Hell Yeah!
It appears that Steve Austin and WWE are over the spat from a few weeks ago, because this coming Monday night, the Texas Rattlesnake returns to the award-winning WWE Network with a brand new edition of his Stone Cold Podcast, and this time Steve will be joined by Paul Heyman for what is sure to be an entertaining 60 minutes.
We also learned that the Stone Cold Podcast will now be a monthly WWE Network feature and in the coming months Steve Austin will be joined by Sting, Hulk Hogan and THE UNDERTAKER! Those podcasts might just be worth $9.99 on their own!
Both Renee Young and Corey Graves will have their shows represented on the WWE Network this week as Renee returns with another edition of Unfiltered on Tuesday (4pm EST) where she will be joined by the cast of the Entourage movie, while Corey Graves will have another ‘Culture Shock’ for us when he will jump into the world of horse racing when he visits The Preakness. You can catch Culture Shock on Wednesday at 4pm EST.
Did you know that the WWE Network recently won the Cynopsis Sports Media Award for “Over-the-top Content Service”, beating off stiff competition from the NFL, NHL, CBS Sports, Golf Channel and others? You might have noticed WWE mention it a couple of times. 😉
Until next time folks, we really hope you enjoy the coming week of WWE Network goodness!
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