Wrestling fans can watch SummerSlam 2016 live online and see all the action of the summer’s biggest WWE event — possibly for free.
The second-biggest pay-per-view event of the year for the WWE is set to kick off at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Sunday night, with the action scheduled to start at 7 p.m. ET. The event will be carried on television for a hefty fee, but the WWE offers a way for new viewers to see the action for free online (details can be found below).
The marquee matchup of Sunday’s SummerSlam is Brock Lesnar against Randy Orton. As CBS Sports noted, Lesnar has become “the closest thing to appointment television that the company has.”
“He’s a special attraction who operates on a different level than most other wrestlers: He works a limited schedule; he’s allowed to use profanity (albeit censored profanity); and, in an era where managers are virtually extinct, he has one of the best in WWE history by his side, Paul Heyman. (The man can get the crowd to eat out of the palm of his hands simply by saying, ‘My name is Paul Heyman.’)
“Inside the ring, Lesnar kicks butt, and it’s so much fun to watch. One more thing about Brock Lesnar: He almost never loses. His last defeat in singles action came last year at SummerSlam, at the hands of the Undertaker (and that was after a low blow). It’s hard to imagine he’ll fall to Orton on Sunday, even if Orton hits his famed move, the RKO.”
Fans who watch SummerSlam 2016 live online could see plenty of other drama. The match between Dean Ambrose and Dolph Ziggler wasn’t supposed to be much of a cliffhanger, with Ambrose initially expected to hold his spot near the upper tier of the WWE and defeat the lesser draw in Ziggler. But there is now reportedly tension between Ambrose and the WWE brass after he made some critical comments about the build-up to his WrestleMania 32 match.
What Culture noted that the criticism wasn’t the harshest, but it could be enough to put Vince McMahon off to the idea of making Ambrose the WWE’s marquee star.
“Ambrose also referred to a ‘laziness’ when it came to his WrestleMania 32 match with Brock Lesnar,” the report noted. “Officials were reportedly unhappy that the Lunatic Fringe aired his grievances so publicly, although it would be fair to say that putting him on a ‘warts and all’ podcast may not have been the best idea in the first place.”
That has led to rumors that Ambrose may lose at SummerSlam 2016, and in doing so give up his chance to rise in the WWE and potentially replace John Cena as the WWE’s biggest draw.
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) August 20, 2016
So, how can you watch SummerSlam 2016 online for free and catch all of Sunday’s action? The chance to watch at no cost comes thanks to the WWE’s endless promotion of its eponymous streaming video outlet, the WWE Network. Launched in 2014, the subscription-based video streaming service is a significant effort for the WWE to meet the needs of the millennial fans who aren’t as apt to tune in for live television events. Because the WWE is trying hard to build its subscriber base, the organization offers a one-month free trial for those signing up for the first time, meaning they can watch all the SummerSlam action for free.
Wrestling fans who want to watch SummerSlam 2016 live online can click here to sign up for the WWE Network and activate their free trial. For fans watching on other outlets including mobile devices, the WWE Network is also available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire, PlayStation, Xbox, iOS, and Android. Those who don’t want to commit to the WWE Network can still find a full list of pay-per-view providers here.
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