How You Can Stream WWE ‘Raw’ and ‘SmackDown’ Live Online in 2018

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For wrestling fans who are also cord-cutters, the WWE Network is a lifesaver, as it allows you to stream every pay-per-view event live for $9.99 a month. However, episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live can still only be watched live on the USA Network.

Still, there are some good options for watching Raw live online. The first is streaming it on the USA Network’s website, although to do so, you’ll need a cable log-in. So if you don’t subscribe to cable and can’t borrow anyone’s credentials, you’re out of luck there.

The next best option would be to watch it via a service like Sling TV, which allows you to live stream cable television. The cheapest package costs $25 per month, but if you just wanted an immediate way to watch this week’s episode online, you can sign up for Sling’s seven-day free trial. You’ll just need to make sure to cancel your account after a week or else you will be charged for a full month.

It’s crucial that during this sign-up process, you choose the Sling Blue or Sling Orange + Blue option, as the Sling Blue plan is the only one that includes USA.

Once you’ve signed up for Sling, you can use it to watch the show in a web browser, or you can download the app, which is available on Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and more.

A second option is to sign up for YouTube TV, another online alternative to cable. Luckily, YouTube TV offers USA as part of its $40 per month subscription. Once again, if you don’t want to sign up permanently, you can just make an account and take advantage of the free trial. Unlike Sling TV, this free trial is 14 days long, so you can sign up and see four episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live during that time.

YouTube TV is available on a wide variety of devices, including Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, and Xbox One. Just note that the YouTube TV app is different than the regular YouTube app; you’ll need to download the specific YouTube TV one in order to watch live television.

John Cena and Roman Reigns on Raw
John Cena and Roman Reigns on Raw. l

One other option is Hulu Live TV, which again offers USA as part of its channel lineup. You can sign up for a seven-day free trial for Hulu TV. If you’re a Hulu subscriber already, this might be the most convenient option, as you can simply add it on to your existing account without having to go through much of a signup process like with the other services. Once again, though, you’ll need to remember to cancel in seven days. Normally, Hulu TV costs $39.99 per month. This would be your total monthly bill including regular Hulu, so it’s not $39.99 on top of what you’re already paying.

If you want to catch up on Raw or SmackDown the next day, full episodes are made available on the USA website; you’ll need a cable subscription to see them this way. The episodes are also made available on Hulu, although these are actually edited versions containing about 50 fewer minutes of content. Finally, the episodes are made available on the WWE Network after a few weeks.