WWE Network News and Tidbits: VIP Tier No Longer Planned, 205 Live Preview ft. Legado Del Fantasma, WWE The Day Of

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Sometimes, there is WWE Network news that either doesn’t warrant a post of its own, or there simply isn’t time to get to it due to more pressing matters at the time. This can be a release date of a show, something removed from the service, or something else minor. The WWE Network News and Tidbits posts are here to catch multiple little bits of news and inform the readers. If you have any recent news or information we didn’t cover below, feel free to let us know in the comments section!

As a reminder, a new edition of WWE The Day Of is set to premiere on WWE Network this weekend. This edition will cover The Horror Show at WWE Extreme Rules 2020, which featured a number of big matches including Bray Wyatt vs. Braun Strowman in a Wyatt Swamp Fight, an Eye For An Eye match, Asuka vs. Sasha Banks, and more. That special will air on Sunday, August 2nd at 8 PM EST but will also become available earlier in the day at 10 AM EST to view on demand.

WWE Network is currently not moving forward with premium tiered content, also known as the VIP Tier. This is according to Frank Riddick, the interim CFO. In a meeting, he also stated that right now the focus is on the free version of the WWE Network, along with global localization pricing.

Below is the quote courtesy of Wrestlenomics.com:

Now turning to the second part of the question on payment: Payment tiers at this time, we do not believe the development of a premium tiered content strategy is the optimum approach for maximizing Network subscription value. In the near term, we’re focused on leveraging the free version that we just spoke about to enable subscribers to sample our content more easily, develop local currency pricing in select international markets in global currency, as we said, and further develop our advertising capability.

Additionally, WWE Network seems focused on creating more documentaries going forward. Below is Riddick’s quote on that matter:

So starting with the first question, Undertaker’s ‘Last Ride’ was a huge creative success that generated an extraordinary level of viewership on the WWE Network and is one example of how we can capitalize on the documentary genre. We create value for our company and our shareholders by creating documentaries that feature our superstar talent — The Undertaker, Roman Reigns, Charlotte, and others — and distributing them on multiple platforms, including our own Network. So we see that continuing, and continuing to drive value.

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Another episode of 205 Live is airing tonight on WWE Network. And this time, the brand will see just one big match: tag action between Tony Nese and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Legado del Fantasma. Nese and Swerve have had a rivalry of sorts but recently an uneasy alliance seemed to have emerged.

Below is the preview for this episode:

Whether he wants an ally or not, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott has seemingly found one in Tony Nese.

After recently coming to the aid of his former rival and challenging Ever-Rise to an impromptu tag team match, The Premier Athlete gelled seamlessly with “Swerve” to pick up an impressive win against Chase Parker and Matt Martel.

While Scott certainly still seems a bit suspicious of his supposed newfound ally, he will once again join forces with Nese for a tag team match against another pair of common enemies, Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza of Legado del Fantasma.

And as Scott recently pointed out, he is the only Superstar to defeat new NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar since the leader of Legado del Fantasma debuted in WWE.

Can Scott strengthen his cause for an NXT Cruiserweight Title bout by picking up a tag team win against Escobar’s henchmen, or will Legado del Fantasma continue to dominate 205 Live and NXT?

Find out on 205 Live, streaming at 10/9 C on the award-winning WWE Network!

As noted earlier in the week, a new edition of The R-Truth Game Show was scheduled to arrive on WWE Network and that special is now available to be viewed any time on demand. This episode of the series features The Miz and Carmella as contestants. The special clocks in at about 26 minutes in length.

Below is the synopsis for The R-Truth Game Show: Miz and Mella Mania on WWE Network:

The Miz and Carmella compete in awesome games for fabulous prizes in R-Truth’s always unique game show.

A brand new episode of the WWE The Bump aired on the WWE Network this past week. This go around, the in-studio guests were once again missing due to the recent outbreak in the world. However, this show did feature the likes of AJ Styles, The Undertaker, Sasha Banks, and Bayley in

Every week, WWE Network adds an episode of NXT to the WWE Network – although due to contractual obligations some are unable to access it until a week later. This week, the July 29th, 2020 edition of NXT was added to the archives, and it featured Keith Lee challenging Karrion Kross to a fight along with build to NXT Takeover in August.

Below is the card for the latest NXT uploaded to the archives:

  1. Io Shirai and Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae.
  2. Roderick Strong vs. Johnny Gargano.
  3. Mercedez Martinez vs. Shotzi Blackheart.
  4. Imperium vs. Ever-Rise.
  5. Jake Atlas vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott.
  6. Finn Balor vs. Dexter Lumis vs. Timothy Thatcher.

Every week, WWE Network adds an episode of Smackdown from one month ago as per their contract with television networks. This go around, the June 26th, 2020 edition of Smackdown was added to the archives and it featured a tribute to the legendary Undertaker, who retired.

Below is the card for the latest Smackdown uploaded to the archives:

  1. Alexa Bliss vs. Nikki Cross vs. Lacey Evans vs. Dana Brooke.
  2. New Day and Lucha House Party vs. Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, The Miz, and John Morrison.
  3. Jeff Hardy vs. Baron Corbin.

Every week, WWE Network adds an episode of RAW from one month ago as per their contract with television networks. This week, the June 29th, 2020 edition of RAW was added to the archives, and it featured champions teaming up in the main event for a mixed tag match, along with Big Show in action, and more build toward Randy Orton’s current story.

Below is the card for the latest RAW uploaded to the archives:

  1. Andrade and Angel Garza vs. The Viking Raiders.
  2. Akira Tozawa vs. R-Truth.
  3. Seth Rollins and Murphy vs. Aleister Black and Humberto Carrillo.
  4. Ruby Riott vs. Peyton Royce.
  5. Big Show vs. Andrade and Angel Garza.
  6. MVP vs. Apollo Crews.
  7. Ricochet vs. Bobby Lashley.
  8. Drew McIntyre and Asuka vs. Sasha Banks and Dolph Ziggler.

Every week, WWE Network adds an episode of Main Event from over two weeks prior as per their contract with television networks. This time, the July 9th episode of WWE Main Event featured Titus Worldwide members colliding, plus Peyton Royce taking on Bianca Belair.

Below is the card for the latest Main Event uploaded to the archives:

  1. Titus O’Neil vs. Akira Tozawa.
  2. Peyton Royce vs. Bianca Belair.

The latest WWE Network Pick of the Week this week features the former NXT Champion and current NXT star, Johnny Gargano. In the video above, Johnny Wrestling reveals his WWE Network Pick of the Week, which is NXT Takeover: Toronto where he battled Adam Cole in a 2 out of 3 falls match. More importantly, however, he loved his attire from the event. That full show can be seen any time on demand, but a highlight is shown following Johnny’s introduction in the aforementioned video above.

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There has been a lot of news regarding the WWE Network posted lately, so here are some reminders to make sure you’re all caught up:

  • What did you think of WWE Break It Down: Mick Foley? Vote and let us know.
  • Information was revealed for the newest episode of the R-Truth Game Show.
  • What did you think of The R-Truth Game Show: Miz and Mella Mania? Vote and let us know.
  • A new compilation was added for Daniel Bryan.
  • What did you think of The Best Of WWE: Daniel Bryan’s Best Matches? Vote and let us know.
  • A new edition of WWE The Day Of has been revealed.
  • Journey back in time with Brock each week for an edition of Throwback Thursday!
  • For those unaware, we have a static page dedicated to upcoming WWE Network events, including known or promoted match listings. You can reach this page any time by clicking “Upcoming Events” or by bookmarking this link.
  • We now have a new static page dedicated to WWE Hidden Gems! To see a full chronological list of WWE Network gems, click here or select “Hidden Gems” near the top of the site. Be sure to bookmark the page so you can use it as a resource whenever needed.

News on Hidden Gems, the latest WWE Pick of the Week, and more! Did we miss anything? And what do you think of each of these stories? Be sure to let us know in the comments section down below. As always, stick to WWE Network News for the latest WWE Network news, reviews, exclusives, and more!

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