Learning to break kayfabe
Join Date: Sep 2013
Is it even feasible to have the entire WWE library available on the Network?
The ultimate goal of the Network (besides making money) appears to be, and I believe was stated to be in early hype although I can't find a source, the availability of all material in the WWE library that is suitable for public display.
This is a fantastic endgame, but is it even remotely feasible? Aside from WWE's own extensive history, the mountain of rival acquisitions it has made over the years has probably increased the amount of material several times over. We're talking tens of thousands of hours: WCW, ECW, AWA, and all the little promotions besides.
Assuming that the Network survives indefinitely, would it ever have the resources to host all that content on-demand, and cope with the large number of users constantly accessing it? And if that is a reasonable expectation, when do you think the goal will be reached? Five years from now? Ten? I know the further they go back, the less material will be viable due to degraded tapes and the like, but I imagine a solid chunk still survives.
Personally, I can't help but stick to the old adage of "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". I think they'll hit all the high notes from the olden days, and have a rather robust selection from more recent decades, but nowhere near the whole shebang.