There’s been a lot of discussion over the past couple of weeks regarding Vince McMahon’s desire to purchase the TNA library and make it available to subscribers on the WWE Network.
Over the weekend it was reported that the company was conducting market research in order to change the format of the Network.
CHANGE OF FORMAT
This could see a tier-based format introduced, ranging from free with limited content, to a $14.99 option with everything available on-demand, on any device.
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There were some interesting things to take from the image provided by Reddit user mike10dude, suggesting that TNA and Ring of Honor content will be available to subscribers that opt for the $14.99 per month option.
However, if this does come to fruition, they could be set for some impressive perks as well.
These perks are said to include VIP meet and greets, early access to tickets going on sale but most of all; fans may be able to vote in the Hall of Fame.
VOTING IN THE HALL OF FAME
Everybody has their own opinion on the Hall of Fame, there are many that believe the Ultimate Warrior shouldn’t be in it, and some argue as to why somebody like Owen Hart hasn’t been inducted yet.
Regardless of this, the WWE could be following in the footsteps of the MLB and the NFL in terms of letting their fans have a say in who is inducted every year, which obviously brings its own issues.
Obviously, this opens the doors for deserving legends to enter the Hall of Fame, stars that have either been overlooked by the company or just haven’t been fortunate enough to receive that honour yet.
We only need to look at Hart, Rick Rude and even Kurt Angle as legends that deserve to be inducted. Although, Diamond Dallas Page looks certain to be inducted in 2017.
However, the WWE shouldn’t allow the fans complete control over who gets in and who doesn’t.
For example, former stars that are currently suing the company; Vince probably wouldn’t want them anywhere near that stage bashing his empire, and if fans can vote for whoever they want, with no limits, perhaps CM Punk would decline the invitation as well.
Not only this, we’re all aware of the ballots they have, there’s always that one first-ballot star they have inducted each and every year.
This year it was Sting, and the company wouldn’t want numerous first-ballot stars being inducted in the same year, so rules will definitely have to be introduced to not change the format drastically, but still have substantial input from the fans.
If the feedback they receive from their market research is positive, and they go ahead with the changes, then the fairest way to pull this off would be allowing fans to vote from a list of pre-determined options.
Although it’s still the WWE controlling who gets in and who doesn’t, it still feels as if the fans are playing a part in the voting process.
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