Sports Columns

January 9, 2014

Jamie Jones: Countdown is on for WWE Network

A wrestling fan’s dream is about to come true. The WWE unveiled details of its much-talked about but nebulous WWE Network Wednesday night at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

And what a show wrestling fans are in for.

The WWE Network is a 24-hour, live-streaming video service that launches on Feb. 24. For $9.99 a month (with a required six-month subscription) viewers will receive all 12 live WWE pay-per-views (including Wrestlemania), access to new original programming, documentaries and a smorgasbord of archived video on demand from ECW, WCW and WWE. The archived content includes every pay-per-view aired by those three organizations.

Subscibers are being offered a special one-week trial. Fans can subscribe to the network at 9 a.m. on Feb. 24 and live programming begins at 11:06 p.m. with a 30-minute “Raw” follow-up show.

The network will be available on desktops and laptops via wwe.com. WWE Network will also be available through the WWE app on: Amazon’s Kindle Fire devices; Android devices such as Samsung Galaxy; iOS devices such as Apple iPad and iPhone; Roku streaming devices; Sony PlayStation 3 and Sony PlayStation 4; and Xbox 360. Availability on additional devices, including Xbox One and select smart TVs, will follow this summer.

Original programming includes “The Monday Night War” (which chronicles the “Raw” vs. “Nitro” battles of the 1990s), “Wrestlemania Rewind” (which looks back at past Wrestlemanias), “WWE Legends House” (a reality show where former WWE stars live in a house a lá MTV’s “The Real World”) and “WWE NXT” (the organization’s developmental territory).

The Local Corner: The Austin Dodson Wrestling Memorial Show is at 2 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the TWE Arena, 4825 Dayton Blvd. in Red Bank, Tenn. Austin passed away three years ago at age 13 due to complications from his fourth open heart surgery. All money raised at the event will be donated to T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children 6-12 and free for 5 and younger.

Renegade Championship Wrestling is at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 806 Second Ave. in Chatsworth.

Southern Style Pro Wrestling is at 8 p.m. Saturdays at 4484 Highway 411 N., next to Eton Flea Market near the Ferris wheel. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and older and free for children 12 and younger.

Trivia Teaser: Which wrestler made a one-night appearance as The Masked Skyscraper as a member of The Skyscrapers?

Check back next week for the answer.

Last week’s question: On what program did Andre The Giant make his last U.S. television appearance?

WCW’s Clash of the Champions 20 in September 1992.

Jamie Jones always wanted to spin the wheel and make the deal. You can contact him at jamiejones@daltoncitizen.com or (706) 272-7723.

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