Announcement over WWE Network angers UK fans

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Ever since the WWE Network was launched in the USA just prior to WrestleMania XXX, the British members of the WWE Universe have been sitting in envy.

We have all been waiting to see the network cross the Atlantic and become available to those of us on the British Isles.

When the Network was rolled out worldwide just before SummerSlam, we were all so very excited at the thought of it finally becoming available.

However, we were then given yet another set back as it was revealed that the WWE Network would be rolled out to 170 countries...... just not the UK.

That really confused me, as the second biggest market behind the USA for the WWE, the British fans should really have been a priority.

If that was a shock, when all the rumours that the company weren't meeting their targets in terms of subscriptions before the worldwide roll out, British fans really couldn't help but feel hard done by.

Then Monday's RAW happened, with October 1st just days way, everyone was surely feeling that there was something wrong with the UK launch due to the fact that the WWE had given it no promotion.

Then Michael Cole very slyly announced that the date had been pushed back yet another month so now we have to wait even longer?

We have no reason other than the tweet sent out by the Network itself which reads: "The launch of @WWENetwork in the U.K. will be delayed given discussions with potential partners. A launch date will be announced by Nov. 1."

Universal unrest

Well once the announcement was made, I decided to look through Twitter to see what was being said about the delayed launch, and it wasn't good.

One tweet read: "There's not even a launch date for WWE Network UK. November 1st is when they announce the launch date. This is a disgusting way to work."

Another claimed: "UK fans shouldn't be surprised the launch date for WWE Network has been moved back. We had to wait 2 years for it."

While many were outraged by the announcement (myself included) some saw the funny side tweeting jokes like "The UK launch of the WWE Network will keep getting pushed back like the debut of Brodus Clay was."

The delayed British launch is clearly leaving some British fans feeling left out in the cold - particularly when the programs on the network is being shoved down our throats on every episode of RAW and Smackdown.

I personally feel the longer they delay the launch, the less valuable it becomes in the UK and the rumours that this latest delay is by choice of the WWE, really makes you wonder if they're losing faith in their own product?


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