WWE has sent out an interesting survey to a portion of their mailing list. Basically, they are still looking at adding a premium tier to the WWE Network. Some of the things being considered are probably of interest to many fans reading this.
Among the things they asked was whether fans would be interested in seeing live events from unique locations around the world, a new weekly TV-14 version of ECW or other “edgy” new promotion that is rated TV-14, local tournaments, other promotions like ICW, PROGRESS, NJPW, ROH, or Global Force Wrestling. It’s interesting that Global Force Wrestling was included since they have indicated that they are not looking to sell their library to WWE. They also asked if fans would be interested in seeing localized tournaments (similar to the UK Championship tournament) and house shows.
Here is what was sent out:
WWE is considering adding new programming to WWE Network as part of a premium priced tier. Listed below are some potential new programming ideas. Please let us know how interested you are in each of the ideas. Select whether you are extremely, very, moderately, somewhat or not at all interested in each of the ideas.
Special Live Events: Special one-time live events from unique locations around the world featuring an unexpected main event
TV-14 In-Ring Show: A “new” weekly version of ECW (Extreme Championship Wrestling) or other “edgy” new promotion rated “TV-14”
Local Tournaments: Tournaments that take place in your home country featuring local talent similar to the WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament which took place in England this year
New Reality Shows: Reality shows featuring life on the road for WWE Superstars, an insider’s view of WWE Superstars’ intense training and workout regimens, WWE Superstar “Cribs”, WWE-style “Apprentice” to win a job at WWE, or WWE Legends’ House Season 2 – Attitude Era
Original Scripted Comedies: Comedies such as WWE Superstar Roasts, Southpaw Regional Wrestling, or WWE’s version of “The Office”
Other Promotions: Historic and new programming from ICW, PROGRESS, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, or other regional Indie promotions
WWE “Director’s Cut”: Shows that put a new twist on classic content such as WWE Legends narrating historic pay-per-views or current WWE Superstars providing their perspective and analysis of classic matches and events
TNA: Historic and new programming from TNA / Impact / Global Force Wrestling
Audio Channel: A section of WWE Network for “listening only” that provides audio play-by-play of pay-per-views, music playlists, “sports radio” style call-in shows and podcasts
Original Scripted Dramas: Wrestling-themed series inspired by wrestling’s colorful and rich history such as WWE’s version of Game of Thrones
Ring of Honor: Historic and new programming from Ring of Honor
House Shows: For the first time ever, get a live, ringside view of select WWE house shows
Tournaments: New in-ring tournaments such as a Pro Am style tournament (WWE vs. NXT), a Lucha tournament, a tag team tournament, or King / Queen of the Ring tournaments
WWE is considering special features that may be available to WWE Network as part of a premium priced tier. Listed below are some potential new features ideas. Please let us know if you are extremely, very, moderately, somewhat or not at all interested in each of the ideas.
Social Sharing: Ability to share playlists, clips, or favorites on social media (Facebook, YouTube, etc.)
Alternate Viewing Options: The ability to watch WWE in-ring shows using alternate camera choices (e.g. gorilla cam, drone cam, Go-Pro camera), 360 views or select higher or lower resolution options
Download To Go: Ability to download content and watch “offline”
Alternate Audio: Choose your favorite pay-per-view commentator team – for instance, you can hear “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and Jerry Lawler call a live pay-per-view
Personalization: Ability to create custom playlists and change the look and feel of your WWE Network interface with options that represent your favorite WWE Era and Superstars
Virtual Reality / Augmented Reality: The ability to watch current or historic WWE content in a way that makes it seem as if you are actually sitting ringside and experiencing an event, such as WrestleMania, live and in person, using special computer generated effects and equipment like a headset
Social Viewing: Set up a “movie theater mode” to watch virtually with friends or participate in a live event on Facebook where you can chat with other fans
Ratings / Comment System: Ability to “rate” shows or matches (e.g. 0 – 5 stars), add comments, or mark “favorite” moments
WWE is also considering special benefits and perks that would be offered as part of a WWE Network premium priced tier. Listed below are some potential new ideas for subscriber perks. Please let us know if you are extremely, very, moderately, somewhat or not at all interested in each of the ideas.
Fan Voting: Special opportunities to vote on match participants, Hall of Fame inductees, Slammys winner, or other WWE events
Monthly “inside WWE Headquarters” Conference Call: Ability to listen in to a conference call with WWE executives such as Triple H or Stephanie McMahon
Loyalty Program: Get rewards such as t-shirts, collectibles and ticket upgrades using loyalty points earned from the length of time you have been a WWE Network premium subscriber or your time spent viewing
Early Access to Live Event Tickets: Exclusive early access to live event tickets before going on sale to the public
Preferred Pricing: Special offers for WWE VIP events and products including Meet & Greet discount packages and special offers on products from WWE sponsors
Sweepstakes Entries: Automatic sweepstakes entry to win WWE event tickets, VIP meet-ups, merchandise, or unique WWE experiences such as a chance to appear on a Network show
Get Breaking News First: Be the first to receive WWE breaking news, before it’s posted on social media, WWE.com or shared with other outlets
Free Shipping: Free shipping on WWEshop.com orders
Early Access to New Merchandise: Exclusive early access to new WWE merchandise on WWEShop.com, such as T-shirts and hats, before it goes on sale to the public
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