WWE followers should not pleased with the top of Sunday’s Hell in a Cell pay-per-view occasion and they’re making their emotions recognized on Twitter with #CancelWWENetwork.
The hashtag was trending within the U.S. on Monday morning as viewers expressed disappointment on the conclusion of the large present on Sunday, which emanated from the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California, and ended with a disqualification end to the principle occasion match between Universal Champion Seth Rollins and his latest rival, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt.
The brutal bout was held contained in the “Hell in a Cell” construction—a metal cage surrounding the wrestling ring—from which the present Sunday derives its identify.
Fans have been uproarious that the match, usually an anything-goes affair, led to DQ after Rollins pummeled his opponent with all method of weapons, together with an obvious blow to the pinnacle with a sledgehammer.
Prior to the disqualifying sledgehammer blow, Rollins and Wyatt hit one another with every part starting from metal chairs, a ladder, a toolbox and a mallet.
Fans within the enviornment Sunday night time have been vocal with their disappointment, chanting “refund” and “AEW”—referring to WWE’s upstart rival wrestling league All Elite Wrestling.
WWE Hall of Famer X-Pac was important of the disqualification end on WWE’s personal Hell in a Cell watchalong present.
But the majority of the fan furore got here from followers on Twitter, a lot of whom determined to cancel their subscriptions to WWE’s over-the-top streaming community, WWE Network, in response.
“And just like that I’m out #cancelwwenetwork,” tweeted one fan.
Another tweet mentioned: “was already considering doing this, but tonight’s PPV made the decision a whole lot easier #cancelwwenetwork”
“I just canceled my subscription. Thanks for that main event. You guys have become WCW. #CancelWWENetwork,” wrote a disenchanted fan, who likened WWE to its now-defunct rival WCW, which, in its last years of operation, was ridiculed for over-the-top and nonsensical scripts.
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WWE Network, which launched in 2014 as an additional portal for the wrestling league’s vociferous fanbase, streams its month-to-month pay-per-view occasions for a $9.99 month-to-month subscription payment.
As of April, WWE mentioned it had 1.58 million paid WWE Network subscribers.
WWE just lately kicked in its new tv offers with USA Network and Fox for its Raw and SmackDown packages respectively.
The new offers, which started final week, will hold Raw on USA for an additional 5 years. SmackDown moved to Fox final Friday in a deal reportedly value $1 billion over 5 years.
WWE’s tv offers have been value $235 million a 12 months in 2018. That quantity will increase to $311 million this 12 months and will probably be value $462 million in 2021, in response to figures the corporate launched in June 2018.
WWE’s precise earnings from its tv offers now stand to be greater, with USA selecting up the WWE Network sequence NXT for its Wednesday night time lineup in August.