However, the words coming out of Sky's customer service department appears to contradict this notion:
Please be advised that the delay on the WWE Network is in no way related to Sky. As previously advised, this is an independent service which Sky will not be providing.
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 (sic).
Of course it was made by WWE. After it became clear they were backed into a corner by Rupert and his boys.
Not hating on Sky at all. They were in the right on this one. They had an investment to protect.
I'm not going to let WWE get off that easily. At the end of the day, the company used this market as a pawn in a game of chicken with Sky, possibly to try and get a TV station (which might still be where this ends up).
Then again, should I be that surprised?
Just the other day, the company used the Big Show to come out and address the Smackdown crowd. He pleaded with the fans to chant 'Yes!' so they could send Daniel Bryan well wishes as he had still not recovered from the injury that sidelined him in the summer.
The video didn't make its way to Bryan. Instead, it was inserted into the recorded episode of Smackdown to make it look like the patrons were cheering the news that the Network was going to be free in November.
Sums up how scummy the company can be, doesn't it?
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I'm done writing about the Network for the time being. It seems I have written about it far too much lately. From now on, I'm going to concentrate on other things that interest me.
If a renewed date is announced, I'll be waiting until it has launched before I spend another minute writing about it.