Best ways to watch WWE Raw and Smackdown

WWE manager

Good news for wrestling fans; there’s now more ways than ever to watch WWE Smackdown and Raw on your TV, laptop and even your mobile. Ooooh yeah, brother! These days, you’re spoilt for choice.

The question is, what’s the best and cheapest way to get your fill of all the action from the wrestling ring?

Today, we take a look at your options, and shamelessly indulge in some pithy catchphrases in the process.

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How do I watch Smackdown and Raw on TV?

If you’d like to watch the full, three-hour Late Night Smackdown and Raw shows in HD on your TV, then Sky Sports Arena is your best bet. Formally Sky Darts, Sky Arena is now home to WWE, NFL, Rugby, Tennis, and boxing.

The channel comes as part of the full Sky Sports package with the option to take out the channel by itself, which means you’ll be able to watch it out and about via Sky Go on your mobile, laptop, and tablet, too.

Late Night Raw airs on Tuesdays at 1AM, and Smackdown on Wednesdays at the same time.

Now TV

Now TV subscribers can stream WWE thanks to the Sky Sports passes, and those with a Smart Box can pause and rewind live TV for up to 30 minutes. That said, this box lacks the ability to record full shows and series. For that, you’d be better off taking out a Sky TV package.

And here’s an extra kicker; customers looking to watch specific sporting events can purchase day and week passes from Now TV. These passes are fairly cheap, won’t tie you into a contract and will save you money down the line.

How much is Sky Sports?

Although not exactly cheap, Sky has offered generous discounts on all ten sports channels in the past and it's pretty flexible when it comes to what sports you choose to watch.

For example, if you’re only interested in wrestling and football, you have the option to purchase two channels that show those sports. Conversely, if you’re an all-sound sports fan, you can opt for the full package.

Fortunately, when it comes to hunting for a good old bargain, we’re happy to do most of the legwork for you:

Can I watch WWE on BT Sports?

Well, sort of…

If you have BT TV and a fibre optic package, you can add the Sky Sports Main Event channel to BT Sports.

Thing is, you’ll only get to watch Smackdown. This - along with the fact the cost is higher than the people’s eyebrow - makes this option tricky to justify. Sorry BT Sports customers.

That said, Sky and BT recently got together and agreed a deal that could see all of Sky’s Sports channels shared with BT as early as 2019.

We’ll watch this space in the coming months for more details.

Wrestling on the WWE Network

The WWE network offers thousands of hours of extra content, including documentaries and every live pay-per-view WWE has to offer for free, at a pretty reasonable price. In short, for wrestling fans, it’s the real deal.

Naturally, you’ll also be able to watch the network on your smart phone, laptop and tablet.

Can I watch WWE for free?

Unfortunately, not.

If you want a lag-free experience - as well as a clear conscience - you’re going to have to pay to watch it.

Saying that, with a Now TV pass, you can pay a one-off charge to watch a specific event - this will save you money in the long-run and you won’t get tied into any unwanted contracts.

What’s the cheapest way to watch WWE?

For hardcore wrestling fans, the WWE Network is the best there is, the best there was, and the best there ever will be (probably). Not only will you get all of WWE’s pay-per-views for free, there’s also a shed-load of extra content to enjoy on your TV, mobile and tablet.

That said, for the more casual sports fan, a Sky Sports package will offer a lot for your money, along with the option to use Sky Go so other members of your household can watch different events, at the same time, on different devices.

And that’s the bottom line, ‘cause broadbandchoices said so!