If you’re a wrestling fan looking for WWE Kodi addons, it can be hard to find ones that work. Many addons that used to be popular carried pirated links and were shut down by lawsuits. Others stream from legal sources but produce nothing but error messages. So where can a wrestling fan go to watch WWE through Kodi?
This article will list the best addons for Kodi users to watch WWE. It will also list a few WWE addons that we think are risky and are best left alone.
What is Kodi?
Kodi is a free, downloadable media player from the Kodi foundation. It allows users to watch TV shows and movies online using a PC, Mac, Android or iOS phone, Amazon Fire Stick devices or Apple TV streaming boxes. Kodi is sometimes accused of being used in online piracy. However, there are many legitimate addons for Kodi, including the WWE options recommended in this article.
Why a VPN should always be used with Kodi
Any time you stream video, you should use a virtual private network (VPN) to protect your privacy and security. If you’re not using a VPN, your ISP can easily find out what sites you are streaming from. This can lead to it slowing your Internet speed if it thinks the site is using too much bandwidth. Video-streaming services can also block you from content based on where you are located and hackers can steal your personal info through man-in-the-middle attacks if it’s not encrypted.
A VPN helps to prevent all of these issues by encrypting your data and hiding your geographic location by changing your IP address. This way, your ISP doesn’t know what sites you are streaming from, streaming sites don’t know where you are located, and hackers are less likely to know anything at all.
Unfortunately, not all VPNs are effective. Some keep logs of customers’ activities, leading to more data that can be stolen. Others don’t have servers in enough countries, making it hard to access geoblocked content. Most don’t have native apps for popular devices like the Amazon Fire Stick.
We recommend IPVanish for Kodi users. It keeps no logs, has servers in over 60 countries, and has a native app for the Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick.
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Warning: Kodi should only be used for content to which you have the legal right to access. Neither the Kodi Foundation nor Comparitech advocates the use of Kodi for piracy.
Best WWE Kodi addons
The following addons all have all been tested and found to work as of December 19, 2017. They stream from licensed sources, allowing them to provide great picture and sound with virtually no dead links. They also are less risky from a privacy standpoint when compared to addons that provide unlicensed streams. We think any of these addons would be a great addition to a WWE fan’s collection.
The WWE YouTube Kodi addon streams content from the WWE’s official YouTube channel. This is great for finding the latest WWE news, interviews with pro-wrestlers, and other bonus content not found in regular WWE broadcasts. You can get this same content using the regular YouTube addon mentioned below, but the menu options in that addon are not as convenient for accessing official WWE content. So the WWE YouTube addon is nice to have even if you have the YouTube addon already.
The WWE YouTube addon is found in the SuperRepo repository. It should not be confused with another addon called “WWE on YouTube,” which is also in SuperRepo but doesn’t work.
SEE ALSO: How to install SuperRepo
As noted previously, the YouTube Kodi addon lets you access content from WWE’s official YouTube page, but with less convenient menu options. Still, using the main YouTube addon also lets you watch content from other channels, such as podcasts by WrestleTalk TV, Aaron Rift (of NoDQ.com), and noahmania. If you like WWE, these podcasts can be very entertaining. Because of this, the YouTube Kodi addon is an excellent choice for wrestling fans.
Related article: How to install the YouTube Kodi addon
Obviously, watching bonus content and podcasts is not very satisfying if you can’t actually see some matches. Here is where USTVNow can be helpful. USTVNow is an online TV service for U.S. military members stationed overseas and American expats. But anyone can sign up, even if you live in the U.S. or are not affiliated with the U.S. at all.
Many Kodi users love USTVNow because it provides them with the following network channels for free: ABC, CBS, Fox, CW, PBS and My9. Readers of this article will probably be more interested in the fact that it also carries the USA Network as part of a 24-channel package that costs $19.99. This is significantly cheaper than PS Vue or DIRECTV NOW. USA is the only channel that carries Monday Night Raw and Smackdown: Live, so having access to it is a must for WWE fans.
The only big drawback to USTVNow for wrestling fans is that it doesn’t carry E! Network, so you can’t use it to watch Total Divas or Total Bellas. If you’re a big fan of these shows, you’ll want to use one of the other addons below instead of USTVNow.
Read more: How to install USTVNow for Kodi
PS Vue is an over-the-top TV service. It carries a package of 47 channels for $39.99 that includes both USA and E! Network. This is significantly more expensive than USTVNow, so you’ll have to decide whether it’s worth the extra money in order to see Total Divas, Total Bellas, and all of the non-wrestling content it offers.
One bonus feature of PS Vue that should be kept in mind is that it does allow you to add shows to your “favorite shows” list and have them be automatically recorded for you and stored in the cloud. This is useful if your schedule doesn’t permit you to watch Raw or Smackdown when it airs.
The PS Vue Kodi addon is in the official Kodi repository.
Related article: Best live TV Kodi addons
DIRECTV NOW and PlayON
DIRECTV NOW is an over-the-top TV service similar to PS Vue. However, it’s a little less expensive at $35/month for 71 channels, including USA and E! The one big problem with DIRECTV NOW for Kodi users is that there is no working standalone Kodi addon for it. The only way to watch DIRECTV NOW through Kodi is to get a subscription to PlayOn for $30/year and use the PlayOn Kodi addon to watch TV.
PlayOn is an online DVR service that lets you legally record programs from a wide variety of streaming services, including Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTV NOW, and many others. Once you’ve recorded these programs, you can keep them forever, even if you cancel the streaming service or PlayOn itself. If you want permanent copies of your favorite wrestling shows, it may be worth using the DIRECTV NOW/PlayOn combination instead of using PS Vue or USTVNow.
PlayOn can be installed from the official Kodi addon repository. The DIRECTV NOW menu is accessible from within it.
SEE ALSO: The best sports Kodi addons
WWE Network Kodi addon?
Before discussing the list of addons that should not be installed, we should first consider recent claims that there is a WWE Network Kodi addon. If there was such an addon, it would be a great benefit to wrestling fans who use Kodi. WWE Network provides by far the most WWE content of any legal video-streaming service. It would be great if users could access this content through Kodi.
However, there is no working Kodi addon that can be used to access WWE Network. Although there is an addon in the mjpbaywolf repo that claims to provide WWE Network access to subscribers, my own testing with a trial subscription found that it only produced “one or more items failed to play” errors.
Hopefully some future developer will fix this problem. In the meantime, the addons listed above are still the only ones we recommend for watching WWE content.
WWE addons to stay away from
The following addons are often recommended on other sites. However, they provide access to pirated content and are risky from a privacy and security perspective. We do not recommend these WWE addons. Remember that while Kodi is legal the using it to access pirated content is illegal in most countries.
WWE on Demand
WWE on Demand was a popular Kodi addon prior to November, 2017. It provided access to pirated streams of many WWE Raw and Smackdown episodes and plenty of pay-per-view events. Some wrestling fans also liked it because of its flashy background images of WWE logos.
However, WWE on Demand was part of the Ares repo that was recently shut down through legal action. There are no longer any official copies of Ares repo available. This means that any copies of WWE on Demand found on the web may have been tampered with and should be considered a security risk.
We do not recommend installing WWE on Demand Kodi addon.
AllWrestling was a popular addon that offered links to unofficial streams of WWE, TNC, RoH, and other wrestling leagues, as well as some UFC events. It was part of the old fusion.tvaddons.ag repo, which was shut down in the summer of 2017 after TVAddons was sued by Hollywood copyright-owners.
TVAddons has since put up a new website at TVAddons.co, after purging AllWrestling and all of its other infringing addons. AllWrestling is no longer being updated and is risky to install. We do not recommend installing AllWrestling Kodi addon.
Phoenix and Bennu
Phoenix was a Kodi addon that provided unlicensed streams from many different sports. Back when it was still being updated, it often contained links to WWE pay-per-view events. However, when the old TVAddons repo was shut down In the Summer of 2017, the developer stopped updating it and it quit working.
The developer then created a new addon called “Bennu” that was meant to be a replacement for Phoenix. Bennu was held in Colossus repo instead of TVAddons. It too was shut down when Colossus repo was hit with a cease and desist letter from the Motion Picture Association.
Although there are still old copies of Phoenix and Bennu that can be found on the Internet, they are no longer being updated and may have been tampered with. Installing the Phoenix and Bennu Kodi addons is not recommended.
Fans of WWE wrestling have many options for watching WWE content on Kodi, including interviews and news from WWE – YouTube, podcasts from YouTube, and Raw and Smackdown from USTVNow, PS Vue, or DIRECTV NOW/PlayOn. There’s also Total Divas and Total Bellas, which can be watched on either PS Vue or DIRECTV NOW/PlayOn.
Unfortunately, there is currently no legal or secure way to watch WWE Network content on Kodi, including WWE pay-per-view events like Royal Rumble and WrestleMania.
If you found the information in this article to be useful, you may want to read our other guides to Kodi content, such as How to watch NFL games on Kodi, How to watch MLB games on Kodi, and The best Kodi anime addons.