WWE Network Lowdown: More ’97 RAWs, NXT A Hot Commodity, Austin Returns

May 31, 2015 by Mark D

WWE Network Lowdown

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…


What’s New…

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!

Season's Beatings edition of WWE Too Hot for TV : WWE Network Lowdown

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.

WWE RAW IS WAR 1997 Added to the Network : WWE Network Lowdown

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.

Bad News Barrett joins Renee Young for Unfiltered : WWE Network Lowdown

“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.

Samoa Joe arrives to WWE NXT : WWE Network Lowdown

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)


Coming Up…

Elimination Chamber

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!

WWE Elimination Chamber Live on WWE Network : WWE Network Lowdown

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!

Stone Cold Podcast Returns with Guest Paul Heyman : WWE Network Lowdown


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.

Renee Young and Corey Graves : WWE Network Lowdown

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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  1. Anan says:

    Just the Stone Cold podcast with Taker alone is worth subscribing to The Network, which of course when you do, you’ll get the best WWE has to offer….NXT. I am very, very much looking forward to that podcast because of how rare it is for Taker to do an interview. But then add the fact that Sting’s also gonna be on an episode…..

    I have to applaud WWE for their free month promotions. Usually when things are “free” your options are limited. But when the entire free month, you have unlimited options with The Network of which I am been a subscriber to since its launch on the 24th of February 2014.

    • LP1 says:

      In theory the free month gimmick is a good idea. In execution, however, it’s been a mess. Everyone can get it for free, whether you’re a new subscriber or not. Anyone who cancels their subscription and re-subscribes can get the month for free. And they can do the same thing month after month. How WWE is allowing this to happen is beyond me. They’ve essentially given away 3 months worth of shows for free. I’m really curious to see what the Network subscriber number will be after June. There’s no way they still have 1.3 million subscribers, not after the way they’ve mishandled the free month gimmick. And it’s a shame too because the Network has been awesome lately.

  2. Shane C. Montgomery says:

    Indeed, it is a great time to be a WWE fan and be a subscriber to the WWE Network!

  3. Mr Z says:

    Elimination Chamber is tonight, Payback was two weeks ago, Money in the Bank is two weeks ahead. Three PPVs in 5 weeks. That used to cost about $150 if you wanted to see all three shows. Instead I’m paying $19.98. And that’s not even counting everything else you get to see on the network. How anyone can complain about the network, I have no idea.

  4. LP1 says:

    This month has been awesome for the Network. For $9.99 we got 2 PPVs(Payback and Elimination Chamber) and NXT TakeOver. Not to mention the regular NXT episodes, plus more old Raws. Anyone who says the $9.99 isn’t worth all of that, I don’t think any price will be worth it to you then.

    I just wish WWE would stop doing the free months. Or at least set it up to where people can’t just cancel and get the month for free. Some people even just change their e-mails and get it for free. WWE needs to seriously put a stop to that. How they even let it get to that point is crazy. It’s supposed to be “free to new subscribers”, but I’ve read tons of stories where regular subscribers were able to cancel and still get the free month. That’s going to really affect their bottom line. Hopefully they figure out how to zone in on IP addresses and block them. This shouldn’t be that hard.

  5. David says:

    Its pretty cool seeing the transition of Monday Night RAW to Raw is War in February/March…sure some of the episodes were awful like the one in Toronto and Germany…i believe they were originally suppose to be house shows but WWE made them televised as RAW episodes which likely explains the poor production, however the one in Germany had the awesome Bulldog vs. Owen match.

    Looking forward to the rest of these, almost there with the episode were Bret goes off on the fans and Vince after the match with Cage match with Sid.

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