WWE UK tour dampened by Network failure

World Wrestling Entertainment has come under fire from fans in the United Kingdom following yet another delay in the launch of the WWE Network.

The company had been due to release its new online network service on Monday November 3 at 8pm for their British audience to enjoy. However 15 minutes before the launch time, WWE released a short message through its social networking sites.

With no real reasons given as to why there was a delay, many fans reacted angrily. Chants of “where’s our network?” have been ringing out at all live shows currently taking place in the UK.

Many fans took to Twitter to vent their frustration towards the company.

Owner Vince McMahon, 69, has taken a risk with the launch of the Network. He is hoping the monthly fee of $9.99 (£6.16) will draw in more revenue than the older box office format produced for the corporation. Fans used to pay £14.95 for the monthly PPV events on Sky Box Office, whereas the network offers the monthly PPV, plus a library of content from the past, as well as daily live shows and post-match extras for a lower price.

This isn’t the first time the Network has been delayed for UK customers. The initiative was originally due to launch in October, before the WWE again announced there was a delay whilst they continued “discussions with potential partners”.

The WWE finish their annual UK tour in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday November 13. With nothing looking imminent, the scrutiny looks set to rumble on.

 

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