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WWE Network Canadian launch met with dismay
By SLAM! Wrestling Staff




The WWE Network has launched in Canada but the stripped down, bare bones version has many loyal fans crying foul.

Available at launch are a handful of SummerSlam pay-per-views, the Great American Bash from 1989, three WCW Bash at the Beach shows, two ECW Heatwave pay-per-views and the One Night Stand show from 2005.

The content is not labeled by name, just meaningless numbers, titles and there are missing logos and images.

All told, the content on the Canadian version of the WWE Network amounts to approximately 39 hours of content, a drop in the bucket compared to the enormous library available on the online version which has each and every WCW, ECW and WWE pay-per-view available, most episodes of WCW’s Clash of Champions, Saturday Night’s Main Event, ECW Hardcore TV, the original Legends’ House and Total Divas reality shows, an archive of old school WWE house show cards and a multitude of specials, past DVD releases which have been transferred to digital media and much more.

Many Canadian fans are expressing their disappointment online.


“This sucks, it sucks so bad. How could you defend this,” posted user “teambates” on Wreddit.

“Well, it looks like the first day of the WWE Network in Canada went over like a lead balloon. Good work, guys,” wrote user Al Creed on Twitter.

Canadian wrestling superstar Lance Storm took to Twitter to voice his dismay.

“Did some research just less that 20% of Canada uses Rogers, so 80+% still can't get @WWENetwork It's also a partial version for $11.99 :-(,” he wrote.

“Also, it seems the only archive we'll get is Max Moon and Bastion Booger matches,” joked Marc Poitras in reply.

One popular Internet unblocking service took advantage of the discontent to entice Canadians by stating, ”Watch SummerSlam on WWE Network no matter where in the world you are (even Canada).”

WWE Network on Rogers is priced at $11.99 per month, which includes the monthly WWE pay-per-view.

WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS? If you are in Canada, email us your thoughts on WWE Network in Canada on Rogers, and we'll collect them for a story.

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  • Mat Matters Editorial: The WWE Network is FINALLY available in Canada... sort of...
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