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The WWE Network is now free, or rather, it’s free tier is finally here. Also, WWE RAW Talk is returning, with new hosts just announced.

WWE Network Now Free

WWE Network is now free. Or, more specifically, the long rumored free tier is finally here.

There have been talks about the WWE Network offering several tiers of programming, with one stripped down level being free. It’s also been suggested that some premium tier, above and beyond what was already $9.99, could come.

While we have not yet seen more on the premium tier, the free tier is now here. According to a tweet from WrestleTalk, the remaining revamped tiers may be revealed shortly.

Vwwe network now free

Here’s a snippet from WWE, full announcement is available via WWE.Com.

The Free Version of WWE Network includes:

The free version requires no credit card to sign up (as opposed to those free trials which do). Considering this is free, WWE is including a very decent amount of content.

Notably not included seems to be all current PPVs. It also remains to be seen which past PPV will be included, and what the criteria are for those.

It makes sense to not include things like monthly PPV. Considering WWE has been in talks with ESPN and others to spin off PPVs to increase their earnings there, it was never expected that the company would further reduce the PPV revenue stream.

RAW Talk Returning With New Hosts

Speaking of the new WWE Network free tier…

Some of the content included for free is both new and exciting. One show in the announcement worth keeping an eye on?

The return of RAW Talk. Part of the new tier announcement covered the news that the show would be returning, and now we know who the hosts will be.

Samoa Joe and Charly Caruso will have the honor of bringing the show back. The return episode airs tonight following this week’s RAW.


Samoa Joe

For Samoa Joe in particular, the move is an interesting one.

Having him work in such a capacity does not limit the Superstar. However, it’s worth reminding folks that Joe is serving in an announcers role yet again due to injuries.

He had served as an announcer not that long ago, before making a short return. While there certainly seem to be concerns about Samoa Joe’s durability now, his work on the mic has earned him rave reviews.

While his time on RAW Talk could be short lived, based on whenever he may return to the ring…it is entirely possible that this move is a part of his transition into the booth.

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