When the WWE announced that they were starting the WWE Network, and it would include all pay-per-views for the low price of $9.95 a month, it looked like a fantastic deal for fans. However, PWS reported on Jan. 28 that UFC President Dana White has called the idea of the WWE Network as "ridiculous."
According to White, when Vince McMahon chose to make the WWE Network include all the pay-per-events, he was effectively saying that everything the WWE does is only "worth $10."
It is a disappointing stance by White, whose UFC pay-per-views cost $45 each. While the WWE was charging $50 an event, it put them at a price where they were a luxury and not something that everyone could afford to spend money on.
UFC released their own version called UFC Fight Pass, which includes "Fight Night" events and more, but does not include their pay-per-view events. In other words, UFC fans pay $10 a month and then have to dish out another $45 to see a pay-per-view.
WWE fans pay $9.95 and get everything. That says that, while it may seem "ridiculous" to Dana White, the WWE is doing something that all their fans can afford. As White said, if McMahon can pull in two million subscribers, he will be "crushing it" and if it works, McMahon can "swim in the money."
At the end of the day, both the WWE and UFC are offering fans something new and groundbreaking. The difference is that the WWE is giving their fans everything for one affordable price. It will only be a matter of time to see if fans repay the favor by subscribing to the WWE Network.