Since the launch of the WWE Network, one of the main absences that have disappointed most fans is that recent Raw and SmackDown episodes are not available until a month afterwards.
While the majority of highlights from the two shows are available to watch on YouTube not only afterwards, it isn't the same as watching the show in full, but all of that may be about to change.
According to Cageside Seats, the WWE may be about to make a dramatic change to their uploads with Raw and SmackDown shows, with them being available to be viewed on the network one day after they are aired, but this will come at a cost.
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Their report said: "WWE apparently sent out a survey asking fans if they would pay $12.99 for the Network if Raw and SmackDown were uploaded one day after airing instead of one month, so they may be considering a change to the service pricing for the first time."
Subscribers to the WWE Network currently pay $9.99 a month for all the great exclusive content provided on the network, including all the pay-per-view across the year, as well as a backlog of WWE shows and pay-per-views from the past. From personal experience, it's definitely worth the investment.
While this will be beneficial for some people, it won't be profitable for all. Recent Raw ratings have been poor and have been declining especially over recent weeks. Despite fans approving some of the decisions made, it's a wonder if many people would be happy to pay an extra $3 a month - which adds up to another $36 a year - for content they're not particularly happy with.
There has been a lot of negative reaction recently to WWE creative and their booking of several superstars. The most notable one is WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, who receives a chorus of boos every single time he appears on WWE programming despite being a face star.
A way WWE creative could react to this is by booking Reigns as a heel instead, providing fans with a reason to give him the nuclear heat he is currently receiving. Well have to wait and see if the WWE decides to do this, but you would have thought they would have already because he's been booed after being forced down the fan's throats as the top guy for over a year now.
Many superstars have had to turn heel in singles before becoming a successful top guy, and it looks like the same treatment is needed for Reigns. Something like this could be the deciding factor for fans if they wish to stay subscribed to the network at a higher price if Raw and SmackDown were uploaded one day after airing.
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