Of course, I watched Raw and Smackdown on the USA Network, and they were amazing (especially Raw), but this is WrestleMania week, and any WWE fan knows what that means - entertainment. After Smackdown on Thursday, was the Stone Cold Podcast with Austin talking to one of my all time favorite legends, Mick Foley. Mick is always so entertaining, and Stone Cold is as well. It was an awesome podcast.
Last night, was NXT Takeover Dallas, which was just incredible. The matches were all so amazing. Really, the wrestling last night was as good as any at a WWE PPV, these will go down in the history books. Titles changed hands, superstars debuted, and another superstar sat in the audience, perhaps teasing a transition to WWE. There was so much excitement, but if you have not seen it, I don't want to spoil it for you. It is a must watch.
The fun is only beginning, because tonight is the WWE Hall of Fame Red Carpet at 7pm (EST), followed by the WWE Hall of Fame at 8pm. The Red Carpet is so fun to watch. You get to see all the Superstars and Divas all dressed up, and they often bring their lovely families. Many of them get interviewed like any other award show red carpet. It is one of my favorite events of the year.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is such a special event. I love to witness the honoring of so many deserving legends. With names like Sting and the Big Boss Man being inducted as well as Snoop Dog in the celebrity wing and the Warrior Award for courageously making a difference, there is a lot of emotion. As great as it is to see the superstars themselves give their acceptance speech, it is sometimes more touching to see their inductor speak about how much they have impacted the business. The true measure of success is in how much you have impacted others.
Of course, this whole week and all the amazing entertainment is only an appetizer to the show of shows tomorrow. WrestleMania is a four hour wresting extravaganza, but the the action kicks off at 5pm (EST) with the preshow on the WWE Network, for a total of 6 hours of entertainment. The second half of that pre-show will also be aired on USA Network at 6pm, so those that don't have the WWE Network can watch it. Those people, though will either be paying $54.99 to watch WrestleMania on PPV, or they will not be watching it.
For WWE Network subscribers, like myself, our $9.99 monthly subscription covers all of the programs I already mentioned as well as thousands of hours of content. Every PPV ever is on the WWE Network, as well as past episodes of Raw, Smackdown and NXT, original specials, documentaries and interviews, as well as original programming like Ride Along, Camp WWE, The Edge & Christian Show That Totally Reeks of Awesomeness and many more. And of course, that also includes WrestleMania, and every other PPV.
If you are not already signed up for the WWENetwork, first of all, what are you waiting for?
I can't fathom any WWE fan not being a WWE Network subscriber. Thankfully, if for some reason you have not yet taken the plunge, you can get your first month absolutely FREE! That means that all the programs I just mention, like the Hall of Fame, are FREE. And for the first time EVER, WrestleMania is FREE for new subscribers. That is insane!
I used to spend $54.99 a year just for WrestleMania. I would buy at least The Royal Rumble and/or SummerSlam also. Any 2 of those PPVs costs about the same as an entire year of WWE Network. That's 12 PPVs and thousands of hours of exclusive content for the price of 2 PPVs with a cable provider. You can't beat a deal like that. The only thing better is FREE, like the WWE Network is for new subscribers right now. You literally have nothing to lose except an expensive cable PPV bill. SUBSCRIBE NOW!
I hope that all of you will be watching the Hall of Fame tonight and WrestleMania tomorrow along with me. Nobody should miss Wrestlemania. It is the Superbowl of professional wrestling. Even if you are not a fan, this is a must see show. There is truly nothing else like it. I would love to hear your thoughts on the WWE Network, WrestleMania, or anything WWE related in the comments. I am always up to discuss WWE. Right now, though, I have to prepare to watch the WWE Hall of Fame Rad Carpet. Happy watching everyone.