wwe network programming guide WWE Network programming schedule: What to watch at launch

The day has finally arrived. The WWE Network launches at 9 a.m. ET with a full slate of programming, both on the network stream and as part of the video-on-demand library.
The most important thing to note is that beginning with “Wrestlemania 30” on April 6, all WWE pay-per-views will air live on the network. What is there to watch before that? Use this handy guide to programming, so you know what you’re looking for.
All times are Eastern.
Regular programming

7:30 p.m. – “WWE RAW” Pre-show
A live, 30-minute Raw  Pre-Show will air each week.
11:05 p.m. – “WWE RAW Backstage Pass”
“WWE Raw Backstage Pass” will air live each week immediately following Monday Night Raw, providing analysis of the night’s action and exclusive backstage interviews.
9 p.m. – “Wrestlemania Rewind”
“WrestleMania Rewind” will provide fans with a comprehensive look back at the most groundbreaking matches and dramatic moments in WrestleMania history.
10 p.m. – “WWE Countdown”
A one-hour, groundbreaking, interactive, countdown series that will put the power squarely in viewers’ hands by giving the audience the chance to discuss and rank WWE’s most spectacular Superstars, unexpected moments, best catch phrases and more through digital polling and social media interaction.
9 p.m. – “Best of Raw”
“Best of Raw” will feature the most memorable episodes from the longest-running weekly episodic show in television history. Each week, see some of the most incredible matches and controversial moments featured over the years on “Monday Night Raw.”
8 p.m. – “WWE Legends House”
WWE’s greatest Legends reunite for a new title — only this time, they’re competing outside of the ring. Imagine a beautiful house in the suburbs — perfectly furnished, with gorgeous landscaping, a lovely pool and quiet, respectable neighbors. WWE Superstars from the past including Rowdy Roddy Piper, Tony Atlas and Hacksaw Jim Duggan will turn the neighborhood upside down as the house staff tries their best to keep these Legends on time, on speaking terms, and out of trouble in this new reality show.
*Premieres April 10
9 p.m. – “WWE NXT”
WWE Superstars and Divas of tomorrow face off on “WWE NXT,” a one-hour, weekly show that features the brightest and best of WWE’s rising stars. WWE NXT showcases the Superstars and Divas from WWE’s Performance Center as well as appearances from WWE Superstars and Legends in an intimate setting. WWE NXT broadcasts from the state-of-the-art Full Sail LIVE venue on the Full Sail University campus in Orlando, Florida.
10 p.m. – “WWE Superstars”
A one-hour, weekly show highlighting the best of WWE Superstars and Divas in heart-pounding matches. The show will also feature highlights from all WWE programming, as well as a special glimpse at everything going on in the WWE Universe.
7:30 p.m. – “Smackdown” Pre-show
A 30-minute pre-show for SmackDown will air each week
10 p.m. – “Smackdown Backstage Pass”
“SmackDown Backstage Pass” will air each week immediately following SmackDown, providing analysis of the night’s action and exclusive backstage interviews.
1 p.m. – “Best of Smackdown”
For more than a decade, Friday Night SmackDown has brought amazing action and memorable moments to the WWE Universe. On Saturdays at 1 pm ET, WWE Network will showcase the most exciting episodes of SmackDown.
8 p.m. – “Beyond the Ring”
An all-access pass to the fast-paced action of WWE’s home video library. With classic matches and groundbreaking biographies of WWE Legends, fans will have all the action from WCW, AWA, ECW and WWE right at their fingertips.
Special Events

Monday, Feb. 24
11 a.m. – “This is NXT”
A one-hour special that will take viewers inside the action-packed world of tomorrow’s WWE’s Superstars as they aspire to become the future of WWE. Featuring behind-the-scenes moments and in-ring action from WWE’s Performance Center, fans will get up close and personal with the next generation of Superstars.
Thursday, Feb. 27
7:30 p.m. – “NXT Arrival”
The live special will showcase the brightest and best of WWE’s rising stars from WWE’s Performance Center, as well as appearances by WWE Superstars John Cena, Sheamus, The New Age Outlaws and WWE Legends Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels.
Saturday, April 5
9 p.m. – WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony
For the first time ever, the 2014 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will air live in its entirety on WWE Network from the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. This year’s current inductees include The Ultimate Warrior, Jake “The Snake” Roberts and Lita.
Sunday, April 6
7 p.m. – “Wrestlemania 30”
WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania 30, will air live New Orleans. More than 70,000 fans from all 50 states and more than 30 countries are expected to converge on the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with millions more watching around the world. Current WWE Superstars will be joined by a host of WWE Legends for a celebration 30 years in the making.
The video library available on-demand will also feature every single WWE, WCW and ECW pay per view, along with episodes of “WWE RAW” and “Smackdown,” and over 50 WWE-produced documentaries, totaling over 1,500 hours of content to watch at launch.
The best part is the first week of the WWE Network is free. You can sign up at the network website.
Posted by:Chris E. Hayner

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