Although it was previously reported that WWE wouldn’t be offering the entire WWE Network for free, that has changed.
Back in June, Pwinsider.com reported that WWE had dropped the long-standing offer to fans of signing up for the network with the first-month subscription being free. WWE had also sent out emails to past subscribers with this same offer as a way for them re-join the streaming service.
At the time, the belief was WWE did this because they created a free tier of the streaming service that allows fans to watch original series like Raw Talk, in addition to recent episodes of WWE’s flagship programs, select historical WWE pay-per-views and NXT TakeOver events, and more are available.
However, Dave Meltzer reported in the latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE is offering a one-month free offer to past subscribers again.
Meltzer wrote, “while WWE has said no more free months for the network, that isn’t the case. One of our readers who dropped the network a few months back, got a one-month free offer from WWE on 8/17.”
It was noted that WWE sent out an email blast that same day to people with the same offer. It was noted that WWE promoted if people took this offer then they would be able to watch SummerSlam and Payback.
Meltzer pointed out how network numbers were up with dropping the free month. Thus, “it is notable they were back offering free months for SummerSlam to former subscribers.”
As noted, WWE is holding the Payback pay-per-view event just one week after SummerSlam as an experiment to see if fans will be willing to watch another PPV event just days after the biggest event of the summer.