World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced today that its popular video-streaming service, the WWE Network, will be offline for at least 48 hours for server maintenance.
“We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to members of the WWE Universe,” reads a press release issued from WWE’s Connecticut headquarters.
Wrestling fans worldwide have expressed frustration over the service interruption, since it comes on the same day that WWE’s flagship live event, WrestleMania, was due to be broadcast on the network tonight.
According to WWE’s Chief Technology Officer, Alexander York, the timing of the service interruption is “an unfortunate coincidence,” but one that could not be avoided.
“Our only IT guy who knows how to fix the servers, Steve, is on holiday next week, so we had to do it now,” explained York.
According to the press release, a recorded version of WrestleMania, edited down to one hour, will air on the refurbished WWE Network this Wednesday.
To compensate fans for the inconvenience, the WWE Network’s monthly fee for April will be lowered to $9.95.
[Kudos to Neil Malone for the inspiration].