Before I start recording my events with the WWE Network, I want to clarify that I live in Australia so problems or concerns from anywhere else in the world will not be included in this diary.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 – 8:30am: I had no problems signing up for the WWE Network through WWE’s website. Once I gained access to the entire network vault through my web browser, I was like a kid in a candy store. Should I watch a Clash of the Champions first? What about The Very Best of WCW Nitro? Or maybe an episode of the Legends of Wrestling roundtable? Just like that proverbial mother of the kid in the candy store, telling her child to slow down and to only pick a few sweets; the sensible part of myself told me to not get overzealous and browse before you pick the historical first piece to watch on the WWE Network. After browsing for a good five minutes I was sort of disappointed. You put up the entire years’ worth of Monday Night RAW in 1993 but you only have three episodes for 1997? Really? Because 1993 wasn’t one of the worst years in WWE history right? Anyway, no biggie. Let’s check 2005…WHAT!? ONE EPISODE? What about 2006…Seriously again?! Only one episode? You know what? Screw it, I’ll just watch The Very Best of WCW Nitro. Loading…Loading…Loading…after letting it load for ten minutes I guess that’s not going to work. Hmmm, maybe we should choose something smaller in size…SLAM CITY! Loading…Loading…Loading…okay now this is really starting to piss me off. I can’t watch anything on this damn thing because it won’t stop buffering! Never mind, it’s probably just an overflow from everyone trying to access it at the same time. I’ll just check in with it later today and see if it’s cleared up.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014 – 4.02pm: I have found out that the live feed on the network works, just nothing from the archive. I tried it on my phone as well, still no such luck. Is it the network or me?

Thursday, 14 August 2014 – 8.19am: So the network decided to work on my phone now which promptly made me get all excited and rush to my computer. Unfortunately, nothing has changed but my hopes and dreams were crushed once again. The evil monster BUFFERING is still lurking on my PC. Now I’m starting to think it’s my computer and not them.

Thursday, 14 August 2014 – 4.38pm: Being the smart cookie I am, I tried to open some ports on my router that are common for internet streams. Still, no bueno. I just finished watching the Paul Heyman documentary and all I want to do is watch some ECW TV but I can’t because the BUFFERING monster is still laughing and taunting me. I emailed WWE Network support in a desperate attempt to see if this is a common issue or it’s on my end. Hopefully they’ll get back to me by tomorrow.

Friday, 14 August 2014 – 11.25am: Sooooooo…I’m an idiot. I got a response back from the WWE network support guys and they needed more information on what browser and device I was using etc. etc. That promptly made me check whether it works in a different browser and huzzah! It worked. Turns out I had AdBlock on in Google Chrome and that’s what was blocking the videos from streaming. So the evil monster BUFFERING never actually existed, it was just an extension of my own stupidity. I’m happy that it’s working but at the same time I feel like an idiot for not checking two days ago.

As far as content goes the WWE Network is pretty stacked. Not as much as I was expecting, but it’s still pretty full. I was expecting more RAW episodes to be uploaded by now amongst ECW TV, which only has the first 110 episodes uploaded. But I’m not complaining, when you factor in the original content, live feed and previous content from WWE Classics on Demand its VERY good value for only 9.99 a month (Yes I said it). We get everything US and everyone else gets which is something I really wanted out of it. The only thing that bugs me about the launch internationally for Australia is that it’s not available on devices outside computers or your phone. I have a PS4 and a Blu-Ray Player for my living room and neither have the WWE Network app in its respective marketplace yet. But now I’m just getting nit-picky. Look on the bright side; at least I didn’t get the Canada treatment where only a quarter of the country gets the damn thing.

Anyway, I’m very happy that we Aussies got the WWE Network early. It will provide me with a lot of entertainment and new knowledge to learn. Now I can’t wait for the WCW Monday Night Nitros to be released!