Welcome to the first edition of WWE Network Lowdown, here we’re going to give you a rundown of all the goings on over on the WWE Network. We’ll be looking at the new content, classic content and maybe even a few stinkers that are tucked away.
The major topic with the WWE Network this week was the UK launch… oh wait, yeah… that didn’t quite go to plan. But for everyone else all over the world (sorry UK) it’s #FreeFreeFree and tomorrow is the start of ECW Week!
ECW Week will see 40 new episodes of Hardcore TV added to “The Vault”, which (providing they don’t fill in some of the gaps in 1993/94) it will mean that Hardcore TV will be up to the early spring 1996.
ECW Week will also see, for the first time – three ECW Arena shows: Hardcore Heaven 1995, November to Remember 1995 and Cyber Slam 1996 added to the VOD service. We’re not sure if they will have their own new category or whether they will be added into the PPV section (despite them not actually being PPVs).
Also don’t forget, the big LIVE! ECW Exposed special with Joey Styles and Paul Heyman which kicks off immediatly following RAW. You can also submit your questions for the show by tweeting using the hashtag: #ECWExposed. We’ll have all the details of the special for you next week.
This week saw the first ever “Network Exclusive” match. Following RAW, the Network aired live a United States Championship match between Sheamus and Rusev. This is a unique use of the Network and making the Network a destination is something which I hope we see more of in the future.
Two new episodes of the original series: Rivalries and Monday Night War aired on Tuesday evening. Rivalries concluded its premier episode with part two of Austin vs. McMahon, while Monday Night War looked at the meteoric rise of The Rock. Regretfully both felt similar to the Steve Austin and Rock DVDs from 2011/12 – which was a shame. Both series can/could be really entertaining when they are looking at fresher subjects.
This week was also a big for NXT and it Superstars, not only did Sami Zayn take on Tyson Kid on Main Event, but over on NXT he had a kick ass match verses Tyler Breeze. NXT also featured the anticipated debut of Finn Bálor (aka “Prince” Fergal Devitt).
Next week, in addition to all the new ECW content, there’s a few other bits and pieces being added to the WWE Network as well.
Three new editions of Monday Night RAW have been added, the episodes from November 6th, 13th and 20th 1995 feature the final build and fallout from the Survivor Series (included in there is the famous Owen Hart vs. Shawn Michaels match).
Speaking of Survivor Series, it’s #FreeFreeFree and as we build to the 28th edition in two weeks, the Network will be airing the: 1990, 1998 and 1996 editions of the fall PPV classic. These shows of course feature the debuts of: The Goobledy Gooker, The Rock and an Undertaker fella – ever heard of him? 😉
This Tuesday night a brand new edition of Rivalries will air; this episode will take a look at the legendary feud between Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes. The other big Tuesday night show is the Monday Night War, however because of ECW Week no new episode will air as they be re-airing “The War Goes Extreme” episode from a few weeks ago (If you’ve not already seen it, it’s one you should check out).
We don’t have any new SmackDown Flashback being added this week; however WWE have been adding them quietly with little fan fare. Now almost the complete run from August 1999 to late January 2000 has been added, with the exception of a few episodes.
Finally, after taking a week or two off a new Beyond the Ring will air as “Signature Sounds: The Music of WWE” from earlier this year will be added. See the complete list of WWE DVD Documentaries and Features on the WWE Network.
Each week in our WWE Network Lowdown we will feature a classic match which you should check out. This week as its ECW Week, our match comes from ECW Hardcore TV. It is the second ever meeting of the hardcore legends: Sabu and Cactus Jack.
Cactus Jack vs. Sabu
ECW Hardcore TV • October 18, 1994
This somewhat forgotten match is a doozy. It might be forgotten by Cactus simply due to the brutal and incredibly painful sounding shots he took from a beer bottle – shots that are sure to make even the hardest of hardcore fans cringe! Of course with these two it’s a knock down drag out that the wrestling ring can’t contain – it’s one you should definitely try and check out.
We hope you enjoyed the inaugural edition of WWE Network Lowdown, enjoy ECW Week and we’ll be back very soon.
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