Earlier today, the WWE posted on their official website a video of Vince McMahon apologising to the UK fans about the delay of the WWE Network launch. The chairman, however, must have changed his mind about saying “sorry” because the video soon became unavailable…just like the Network in the UK.
This story is just playing with the patience of the UK fans. It is true that the Brits are known for the “Keep Calm and Carry on” motto but I think Mr. McMahon is walking a thin line here.
About an hour after @WWEUK tweeted out a link to the video, I tried to watch it but it wouldn’t play. Looking at the comments, I assumed it was my personal issue. Later on, I found out that this was a common problem and that the video had been pulled by the WWE.
As a journalist hound, I didn’t struggle much to find the content of the video. If you’ve missed the apology, here’s what Mr. McMahon said:
We appreciate your patience as we work through the details of the roll-out and potential partnerships.
On behalf of WWE, I want to personally apologize for the delayed launch of WWE Network here in the United Kingdom. There’s no one more important than each and every one of you in the WWE Universe, especially here in the United Kingdom where we shared so many great memories together.
I assure you that we are working day and night to launch WWE Network as quickly as possible and I promise that WWE Network will be well worth your wait.
Again, thank you for your understanding.
The talk about potential partnerships logically led to rumours about Sky being behind the delay. However, on Twitter Sky denied any involvement:
@jordanwwe19 Good afternoon, Jordan. Thanks for the tweet 🙂 We understand that the WWE Network release date has been delayed and this isn’t a decision that we have made and instead it was made by the WWE. You can get some confirmation on this here on our Community Forum (http://helpforum.sky.com/t5/Shows-you-love/WWE-Thread-2014/td-p/1554517/page/36 ). I appreciate that the delay is frustrating and would suggest directing any questions about it to the WWE themselves.
Whatever the reason, constantly being inconsistent is offensive to the audience. The WWE must take measures to stop toying with the UK fans.
Did you manage to watch the apology before it was removed? What do you think of the video, being pulled? Share your thoughts in the comment section, on FB or Twitter!