WWE has come to Xbox One starting today!
WWE’s sports entertainment juggernaut is a collection of exciting, larger-than-life characters, drama and spectacle. It’s part sporting event, part rock concert.
WWE Network is WWE Chairman & CEO Vince McMahon’s latest and greatest offering. It’s the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, a subscription-based service that can be accessed on PCs, tablets, and game consoles. The services offers live programming, a comprehensive video on-demand library, original programming such as “Legends’ House,” and access to all of WWE’s live pay-per-view events, including WrestleMania.
Accessing WWE Network on Xbox One requires an Xbox Live Gold subscription, and the WWE App can be downloaded through the Xbox Live apps stores. In addition to the Live subscription, a WWE Network subscription is required. It costs $9.99 a month, and a 6-month subscription is required.
Recently, WWE held its annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania. This was WrestleMania’s 30th edition, and it was marked by the WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan’s defeat of three opponents in two separate matches to win WWE’s greatest prize: the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. WrestleMania 30 also saw the defeat of The Undertaker, the legendary WWE Superstar who had previously won 21 matches at the event without a loss. The undefeated streak was broken, and sadness reigned, when WWE Superstar Brock Lesnar pinned The Undertaker amid a stunned silence.
The event also brought back WWE’s conquering heroes in Hulk Hogan and the Ultimate Warrior. The two are arguably the most popular WWE Superstars of all-time. The Ultimate Warrior was inducted into the WWE’s Hall of Fame the night before WrestleMania 30, while Hogan played host for the event, memorably forgetting the name of the venue (The Superdome) and then playing it off for laughs with WWE legends “Stone Cold” Steve Austin and The Rock. Hulkamania, it seems, has not lost a step: It’s in this vein that Xbox Wire presents this list of Hogan’s five best matches, all of which are available through the WWE application on Xbox Live.
WrestleMania I (March 31, 1985): Hulk Hogan and Mr. T v. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper and “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff
Pity the fools Roddy Piper and Paul Orndorff as they seek victory via the time-tested art of cheating in this, the inaugural WrestleMania’s main event.
WrestleMania III (March 29, 1987): Hulk Hogan v. Andre The Giant
Andre was gigantic – and Hulk Hogan came to slay the giant that no one had ever beaten. If it sounds as if this was another ultimate showdown, it’s because it absolutely was.
Madison Square Garden (June 3, 1991): Hulk Hogan v. Sgt. Slaughter
Heed now the cautionary tale of Sgt. Slaughter, a WWE superstar caught on the wrong side of history. In the summer of 1991, Slaughter aligned himself with Iraq and Saddam Hussein against the forces of Hulk Hogan and the United States of America. Someone, and we are loathe to spoil the surprise, was destined to be struck down by the crushing hand of freedom.
WCW Halloween Havoc 1996 (October 27, 1996): Hulk Hogan v. “Macho Man” Randy Savage
In happier days, Hogan and Macho Man formed a powerful tag-team called the Megapowers. Now, the two were steadfast enemies in everything except hawking unrepentant shilling: The cinematic masterpiece Santa With Muscles for Hogan, and delicious Slim Jims for the Macho Man.
WrestleMania X8 (March 17, 2002): Hulk Hogan v. The Rock
Hulk Hogan had gone Hollywood, and stopped espousing the heroic beliefs of eating your vitamins and believing in yourself. Yet the WrestleMania crowd treated Hogan not as a villain, but as a conquering hero, when he squared off against another WWE legend in Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.