Cord cutting has been picking up steam over the last few years. With cable bills increasing every year, those brave enough are kissing their cable bills goodbye and switching to online feeds, legal and illegal.
With an antenna connected to your television, you won’t be able to get any WWE programming ever since Smackdown moved to cable. You might think that with both Raw and Smackdown now on USA Network, getting any WWE programming without a cable subscription is impossible. But it is.
Hulu, the $7.99-a-month service, pretty much covers everything that WWE has to offer including Raw and Smackdown. In fact, apart from those two shows, Hulu also airs NXT, Superstars, Main Event, and even Total Divas. None of the episodes are live but they are uploaded the next day early in the morning.
The only downside, if you want to call it like that, is that Raw and Smackdown are compressed into 90 minute versions. That means you won’t get any stupid segments, millions of replays, “earlier tonight” segments, or irrelevant backstage updates.
Yes, that means half of Raw’s broadcast is completely wiped out on Hulu, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing either. WWE chooses the best matches and segments to air on the Hulu version of Raw and the show flows much better than the one you see on USA Network. Almost everything from Smackdown airs on the Hulu version since Smackdown is two hours so only 30 minutes is removed from the broadcast.
Unlike Raw and Smackdown, Main Event, Superstars, NXT, and Total Divas air in full and also the day after they air in the United States.
Although Hulu comes with a paying subscription, there are commercials during all WWE-related shows. Not as much commercials like on cable television, but there’s a few. There’s also a commercial-free plan for Hulu for a few more dollars a month which I don’t think is necessary. Hulu is only available for subscribers located in the United States although there are always means on how to get it if you’re not in the U.S., and you can watch it on your computer, mobile device, gaming console, TV-connected streaming devices, etc.
Obviously the perfect companion for Hulu if you’re a WWE fan is the WWE Network. With over 6,000 hours of footage, it’s a must if you’re a true WWE fan. Raw and Smackdown episodes – in full – get added after around a month due to current TV agreements. You also get all the pay-per-views as part of the $9.99-a-month deal. The WWE Network is available in almost every country in the world.
What about Netflix? Well, Netflix isn’t really wrestling friendly although there are a few WWE Studios movies in their library