Although the WWE has reduced the number of pay-per-view (PPV) events from 16 to a more manageable 14 events per year, WWE Payback will not be affected. Since replacing No Way Out in 2013, WWE Payback is now a regular event. WWE Payback 2018 will be in Baltimore, Maryland at the Royal Farms Arena on May 27th
Bobby Roode is expected to face off against John Cena for the WWE United States Championship while AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura will battle for the WWE Championship. Also fighting in the event is Usos and Authors of Pain for the Smackdown Tag Team Title while Carmella will fight Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women’s Championship. Kevin Owens is also suspected to be scheduled for a fight with Sami Zayn at Payback.
Normally, to access the fight you’d either have to pay or be Maryland. Fortunately, there are some other options available. Before we explore them in real depth, we should discuss VPNs as they are an essential piece of the puzzle.
Why a VPN is necessary
Changes to FCC regulations in 2017 gave ISPs unlimited access to your browsing activity. Known as Net Neutrality laws, many ISPs are using this opportunity to slow down (throttle) data transfer speeds for users who are streaming content since they use up a lot of bandwidth.
Furthermore, some Kodi add-ons are not officially recognized by XBMC, the governing body, because they give free access to PPV content, e.g. Planet MMA add-on used for UFC events.
The question of speed and throttling is not the only reason for choosing a VPN though. You’ve probably tried to access a stream and received a message that “the stream is not available in your country” or something along those lines? Well, VPNs can help you get around this type of restriction. You see, when your service is blocked, it’s based on your IP address. VPNs are able to mask your IP address and they provide you with a new one. All you have to do is connect to a VPN server in a country where the content is accessible. After this, you will automatically get a new IP address that will enable you to access the stream.
VPN services like Shellfire VPN not only protect your privacy by encrypting your connection. They also help you bypass restrictions. There are free VPN solutions out there, but they should be avoided as much as possible. Free VPNs tend to slow down internet speeds dramatically as these services often use your own computer for their own activities. I always use Shellfire VPN – it’s a simple and effective solution that just works. Clients are available for most devices and you can even purchase a separate device (the Shellfire Box) which makes things even easier. Over the years, I’ve tried several different options but Shellfire VPN is one I keep on coming back to.
Streaming Options for WWE Payback on Kodi
It is possible to watch WWE Payback live on 27th May without a cable TV subscription. Kodi is one way to stream the event live. Unlike other streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and DirecTV Now that are focused on TV programs and movies, Kodi offers access to thousands of live sports content as well.
You can stream UFC, MMA and WWE live events together with other sports like football, hockey, baseball, basketball and soccer using different add-ons.
WWE on Demand
The “WWE on Demand” add-on is perfect for this situation since it can access WWE Network and US Network to bring you current WWE events. Check out our detailed install guide to get started. This add-on is dedicated to all things WWE so is your perfect first stop.
More of a generic sporting add-on, SportsDevil has streams for almost anything sporting related. The app categorizes the sports making it simpler to navigate and its long been one of the most popular sporting add-ons on Kodi. Check out our install guide for SportsDevil here.
While this add-on is not specific to sports, it often has many good streams and if you ever get bored, its lots of other entertainment available to you!
The final add-on in the list might possibly be the best thing since sliced bread! cCloud, like Vortex, is not dedicated to sports. That being said, it is massive and offers access to user provided streams. With cCloud its really important to bookmark something you like as due to the sheer volume available you might not be able to find it again! Check out our detailed install guide on cCloud for more information.
As you can see, there are quite a few options available to access the WWE with Kodi. Check the add-ons mentioned out and let us know how you get on. Are there any other add-ons you think are better? Let us know in the comments below.