There’s a first time for everything. For the better part of forty years, pay per view has been the focal point of the WWE’s business. The company does everything it can to make fans want to put their money down to see whatever the big show was going to be. WWE has slowly expanded the number of pay per view events they run, to the point where it is now occasionally more than one a month. That will be the case this month, and now it will be something different.
NXT Takeover has become one of the most well receives series of wrestling events in modern history, with thirty such events having taken place to some pretty strong reviews. The thirty first entry is coming up on Sunday, with the appropriately titles Takeover: 31. The show has more potential to be a good one, and now fans are going to have another way to see it.
According to PWInsider.com, this Sunday’s NXT Takeover: 31 will be available as a traditional pay per view. The event is available on Verizon Fios for $54.99, though the cost may vary on other pay per view platforms. This will be the first ever Takeover being offered on a pay per view basis and the show will still be offered on the WWE Network as usual. There is no word on why the new option was made available.
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Opinion: This is a rather strange decision to make as I have no idea why anyone would want to buy the pay per view for five and a half times the price you can get it for on the WWE Network. WWE has mocked fans who purchase regular pay per views and now they are offering their developmental show as a pay per view? They might get a few people to buy it, but the biggest thing this is likely to cause is the lowest number of pay per view buys in company history.
What do you think of this plan? Why is WWE doing this? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!