Casual wrestling fans unwilling to spend the money each month for a pro subscription will soon be able to watch WWE content free of charge, as the sports entertainment juggernaut will soon launch a completely free version of their WWE Network streaming service. The news comes straight from WWE with a new post on their official website, revealing the new Free Version of the service unlocking a "vast portion" of the streamer's library of over 15,000 WWE shows. Even better, no credit card is required, so you can jump right in without worry of getting hit with any hidden fees or charges.
A statement has also been released from the company along with the news of the Free Version debuting on WWE's streaming service. "The launch of WWE Network's Free Version is a key component of our company's digitization strategy and a new way for all fans to be able to experience premium WWE content," says WWE Executive Vice President Jayar Donlan. "As we continue to reimagine WWE Network's offering, the Free Version will serve as an effective way to reach a broader group of consumers and allow them to experience the history and spectacle of WWE."
While you can't access all of the content on the service as paid subscribers will be able to, WWE Network's Free Version certainly does come with an awful lot. This includes new shows such as Raw Talk, which streams immediately after Monday Night Raw every Monday night, along with "groundbreaking original series" such as Monday Night War, Ride Along, Table for 3, Photo Shoot, and Story Time. Recent editions of Monday Night Raw, Friday Night Smackdown, and WWE NXT will also stream on the Free Version, and select historical WWE pay-per-view events and NXT TakeOver shows will also be included.
This news comes at a great time, as the market for available streaming services is starting to get a bit bloated. Many consumers had already subscribed to popular services like Netflix and Hulu, bringing about a stream of imitators to try their hands in the streaming business. This includes the recent debut of WarnerMedia's new streamer, HBO Max, which joins other new services like Quibi and Peacock. For some, there are simply too many streamers by this point that it's unreasonable to get them all, and WWE Network just isn't at the top of the list for more casual wrestling fans. Offering a free alternative can keep some of these fans invested in the product, perhaps enough to spend money on merchandise or upcoming shows, even if they're not interested in paying for the Network every month.
WWE Network's Free Version is already available now, so you can start streaming wrestling matches from their television shows right away. You can access the content at the official website for WWE as well as through the WWE Network app on any compatible device, including smart TVs, video game consoles, mobile phones, tablets, and computers. In case you have to be told this, also keep in mind not to try anything you see from WWE at home. You can start streaming now at WWE.com.