At the beginning of October, there were reports that the WWE were looking to revamp the WWE Network, introducing a tiered system which could provide more perks for subscribers that choose the best package.
This all came about because the company was said to be conducting market research on what the fans will be interested in seeing, and the more they pay, the more perks they get.
Although there haven’t been many updates on that just yet, the WWE are conducting another poll now which suggests they could be making some huge additions to the Network, if they get enough positive feedback.
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DailyWrestlingNews.com are reporting that the company are asking fans to vote on their wrestling viewing habits on independent promotions.
This is because they’re said to be interested in bringing non-WWE wrestling content to the Network, similar to what the UFC do with the Fight Pass.
The latest survey is asking fans to vote from a choice of 10 promotions, some of which they’ve done business with before, so perhaps working with them could be easier than expected.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla, CHIKARA, EVOLVE, Dragon Gate USA, Ohio Valley Wrestling, All American Wrestling, Combat Zone Wrestling, SHIMMER, Ring of Honor and Full Impact Pro are the promotions fans can choose from.
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The WWE have already worked with EVOLVE, having Sami Zayn appear there last year for a show that featured Johnny Gargano, who is now a WWE star himself.
Plenty of superstars on the roster today have come from the promotions that have been mentioned.
Dean Ambrose was a big part of CZW, while the likes of Zayn, Kevin Owens, Neville and Seth Rollins have been well-travelled amongst many of those organisations, so the WWE perhaps won’t be too hesitant into working with them.
Their next piece of business comes to Scotland in November, with Finn Balor set to appear at ICW’s Fear & Loathing IX show, replacing Mick Foley.
It’s moves like these which can open the door for smaller organisations to receive a much wider audience on the Network, and in turn, bring in a lot more traffic for the WWE.
If they can come to some agreement with any of the organisations mentioned, everybody wins.
Which independent promotion would you like to see on the WWE Network? Have YOUR say in the comments section below.