Wrestlemania 30 Pre-Show 2 Hours Long, Kayfabe John Cena Interview

Wrestlemania 30 Pre-Show

WWE announced on Wednesday the Wrestlemania 30 Pre-Show will begin at 5 PM ET on the WWE Network and will last for two hours.

The first hour will feature analysis and interviews and will be featured on dot com, the WWE App, YouTube and the company’s social media platforms. The second hour will continue exclusively on WWE Network and feature an exclusive Pre-Show match.

You can read more details on the show that will precede Wrestlemania 30 here on dot com.

Kayfabe John Cena Interview

This week’s kayfabe interview was conducted by Michael Cole with John Cena, as opposed to Triple H. You can watch at this link or embedded in the video below:

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  • Bob’s Diner

    It’s official – WWE don’t know what they are doing. 2 hour pre-show???
    I’m having a hard enough time considering sitting down for 4 hours of this without adding 2 hours of Ric Flair and Kevin Nash discussing how Orton, Batista and HHH are the greatest and most exciting wrestlers in history

    • Razmos

      Then simply dont watch the pre-show, nobody is forcing you to!!

      • Bob’s Diner

        Actually, even if I wanted to, I can’t – you have to have the WWE Network to watch the 2nd hour, which actually features a match. Which further alienates their worldwide fanbase, since no one outside of the USA will be able to watch it. So any fans outside of the USA will get a disjointed preshow experience by getting an hour on youtube featuring the analysis and comments, then have to wait an hour to watch the show.

        So yeah – WWE don’t know what they are doing

        • Kris Guenther

          I think outside of the USA will have an exemption to that rule. Only those in US will have to have the network to get the second hour of the pre-show.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I can’t see them doing that, to be honest. It wasn’t all that long ago that they were blocking all countries outside of the USA from viewing their youtube videos

          • Matt

            They’ll probably throw it up on wwe.com, facebook or youtube for international and probably just everyone.

          • Bob’s Diner

            Try reading the official article – the 2nd hour is EXCLUSIVE to the WWE Network

          • Matt

            I did, thank you. They’ll still do the preshow online somewhere. I can’t see them screwing half the american audience who doesn’t have the Network (seriously, there’s no excuse for any american wrestling fan not to have it by now) and then the international audience. They’ll find a way, I’m sure. I hope.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I think you don’t understand the word ‘exclusive’

        • WNW Fan

          They wouldn’t be a multimillion dollar global company if they didn’t know what they were doing. I don’t plan to watch the preshows either but I’m glad to have the network for 10 bucks a month as opposed to paying $60 just for Wrestlemania.

    • John

      It’s the biggest show of the year for WWE so i can totally see why they want to hype it as much as possible. For example the Super Bowl had a 4 hour pre-show. Now obviously it’s a lot easier to sit through 4 hours of Super Bowl coverage about a major sporting event than it is to sit through 2 hours of a panel reading scripted lines about a scripted tv show, but you get the point. It’s a major event and they are treating it as such.

      • Bob’s Diner

        I get that… but 2 hours is just too long. Especially when the whole first hour is just going to be the ‘expert panel’ and video packages. Do that for half an hour right before the show so I can listen while getting my food ready for WrestleMania

        • Razmos

          Dont get it twisted i wasnt having a go for you saying the preshow was useless, i think they are as well, which is why i wont watch it, il just watch the actual mania show where all the stuff that matters happens, but for us in the uk i think that they might put the preshow on box office as we are paying over £15 to watch.

          • Bob’s Diner

            I like a good little countdown show – the old days of Mean Gene hyping the show and matches works for me. But giving guys like Nash and Michaels a payday just to turn up and talk about how HHH is the greatest wrestler for an hour? No thanks

  • Neilinho

    I can’t sit down to watch four hours of Mania without a break, so I think I’ll be avoiding this one.

  • Snap

    While it may be excessive to have such a long pre-show when WrestleMania itself already feels a bit too long these days, (last year had just 2 hours of actual wrestling) I think it is an excellent use of the WWE Network. Now, I know people will be suggesting it could be provided elsewhere for people who don’t have the network for whatever reason, but I think the exclusivity is actually a good thing.

    With the comparison to football and the Super Bowl (and forgive me if my theories are half baked, I’m not into football) it would be similar to Super Bowl programming produced exclusively for the NFL Network. I’d be willing to wager that not everybody who watches the NFL or the Super Bowl are subscribed to the NFL Network but I would imagine it would make the subscribers who pay for that service and the extra programming it provides feel cheated that the same programming is being offered to non-subscribers simply because they don’t have access to the NFL Network.

    I don’t even think that the inclusion of a bonus match is something to get upset about. It’s no different than the dark matches which occur at TV tapings or at the PPVs themselves. In fact, it’s no different than the regional version of Netflix where what’s available on the American Netflix does not necessarily represent what is available on your region’s version of Netflix. Unfortunately, we are not entitled to receive programming created for the WWE Network simply because the network is not yet available in our region.

    Like I said, this type of exclusivity is a good thing and a great use of the WWE Network and adds even more value to the cost of subscription. It shouldn’t be seen as WWE withholding material from non-subscribers, rather a perk of membership like membership is official fan clubs may provide the opportunity for members to get their hands on material which will not be made commercially available.

    • Bob’s Diner

      I totally get what you are saying, but they are supposed to be a ‘worldwide company’ – putting bonus matches to their biggest show of the year on a format for US viewers only is pretty much telling their international audience ‘you guys don’t matter to us’

      Especially considering it is the 2nd half of the preshow – the first hour with just the panel is what should be the ‘exclusive network’ show.

  • Straight Edge Energy Man

    Lamer than duck sauce! How in the blue hell can they NOT have a free pre show with AT LEAST a pre show match on youtube? I missed the days when we had Sunday Night Heat. At least they always guaranteed a pre show match. Then if you were really excited to see it, you would get the PPV. Bad move, WWE….or shall I say WWWF!