Are you looking for guidance on how to watch WWE in New Zealand? Today we’ll show you how to watch live, on demand and all their best pay per view events.
One of the most notable entertainment companies in the world’ there’s over 150 events every year.
What is WWE?
The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is an entertainment company most notable for its professional wrestling division.
Founded in 1952 as Capitol Wrestling Corporations Ltd, the WWE has since become the biggest professional wrestling company in the world.
Over 500 WWE events take place each year, broadcasted to millions of viewers in 150 different country.
It is recognisable for its injection of theatrical performances by the wrestlers during matches themselves, which has become a key component to its long-lasting success.
Like many other professional wrestling promotions, the matches between contestants are not genuine fights, but purely driven by entertainment via scripted, choreographed and storyline driven shows.
However, it is often the case that the moves performed pose significant risks of injury or even death to the performers.
The WWE is a powerhouse organisation in the field of sports entertainment, with a revenue of $930 million USD in 2018 from its wrestling shows, in addition to its additional revenue schemes of movies, real estate and many other business ventures.
WWE Raw & WWE Smackdown
WWE divides its wrestling into two different divisions, which it refers to as “brands”. Initially, it launched with both WWE Raw and WWE Smackdown in 2002, as part of WWE’s attempt to branch out in what they referred to as “brand extension”.
These names stemmed from previous WWE shows titled ‘Raw’ and ‘Smackdown!’. These brands continued until their dissolution in 2011, however, both were revamped in 2016 as part of the ‘New Era’.
Each brand features their own actors, who fought exclusively in a particular brand, and thus had its own unique storylines, at times splitting the creative staff too, to make them as distinct from one another as possible.
The WWE has also featured various other brands as part of its brand extension, those being NXT (which is a level below the primary roster); NXT UK, a United Kingdom-based brand; and 205 Live.
To determine which wrestler goes to which brand, an annual draft takes place, which since a 2017 rebranding is known as the Superstar Shake-up. The WWE have made celebrities of many of the participants of these brands, by putting the spotlight on the fan favourites.
The most notable cases are John Cena and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who consistently maintained extreme popularity among fans, launching their careers outside of the WWE into film acting and other endeavours.
How Pay Per View Works
WWE events, since 2014, are available for broadcast via the WWE themselves (through a subscription), whereas previously they were exclusive to pay-per-view and cable television.
On February 24 of that year, WWE launched a 24/7 network for streaming WWE shows, past or present, as well as pay-per views and other shows from the WWE Library.
Within a year of its launch, they amassed over 1 million subscribers, which was claimed by WWE to be the “fastest growing digital subscription service ever”. WWE is still broadcasted on TV, as of 2019 by Sport TV, but in the past has included stations such as NBC and Foxtel.
How To Watch WWE In NZ
There are many different ways to watch in NZ including:
Normal shows and PPV can be found on Sky Sports.
Alternatively you can buy a $20 per month subscription (first 30 days free) to WWE Network which gives you access to all PPV events in future and in the past including ECW, WCW and Wrestlemania.
The best way to watch all WWE shows is with Hulu.
Step 1: Get A VPN Provider
You can use Hulu Plus, but you need a US based IP address.
To fool the website into thinking you’re in United States then you can buy a VPN and choose a US based server.
There are many different VPN providers out there on the web, from our experience the cheapest and most affordable option is PureVPN.
It costs $10.95 per month or $2.88 on a subscription.
You’ll be able to buy a VPN using your New Zealand credit card/Paypal.
Step 2: Download & Install VPN Application
You’ll need to decide how you plan on accessing Hulu. You could use your smart TV, Apple TV or just a computer web browser.
You’ll need to download the PureVPN Application to your device first, then their app or visit their website.
Login with the details you were provided via email during signup.
Step 3: Choose USA Server
You’ll now need to connect through to a US based server. If you’re given an option of which city then I’d choose Los Angeles.
You’ll be advised by the VPN app once your IP has changed and you’re routing your connection via Australia.
You’ll now be able to go to your chosen channel and watch the live stream instantly.
It’s 100% free to create a trial account. You can upgrade from $5.99 per month.
Step 4: Start Watching WWE Live
Search for the shows in the website search box, although it’s likely going to be on under the sports category.
You’ll now be able to play any of the on demand content available too.
Keep your account and watch more geoblocked content from all over the world.
What WWE Can I Watch With Hulu?
Currently you can watch, WWE Monday Night Raw, WWE Main Event, WWE 205 Live, WWE Superstars, Total Divas, WWE NXT, Total Bellas and WWE Miz and Mrs. In addition you can watch PPV events but it’s more cost effective to signup with WWE Network.
Aelwyn is based in the UK and has a masters in security. He’s studied further in the United States while working for companies such as Google and Cisco. He loves rugby and has played professionally too.