WWE Royal Rumble 2015
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Momentum is building on social media for wrestling fans to boycott the WWE Network following the unsatisfactory climax of the 2015 Royal Rumble.

Wrestling fans who tuned in on Sunday night to watch 30 contenders battle it out at the annual event, took to social media to vent their anger over Daniel Bryan's surprise elimination and Curtis Axel's no show.

Bryan, a fan favourite, previously expressed his excitement about the possibility of winning the crown for the first time in his career.

"Literally, my ideal scenario for Sunday would be I win the Royal Rumble, Brock Lesnar wins his WWE World Heavyweight championship match and then we wrestle in the main event of Wrestlemania," he told the Sun.

After Roman Reigns emerged victorious the hashtag: "#CancelWWENetwork" began trending on Twitter.

And it wasn't only on social media that fans were sounding off, various wrestling blogs reported that spectators at the event were chanting for refunds.

Axel, who missed out on a spot in the main event as he was attacked and replaced by Erick Rowan, even jumped on Twitter to offer his two cents on the fiasco.

Since WWE launched a subscription-based digital network in 2014, it has faced multiple setbacks.

As a result of underwhelming subscription numbers and dwindling stock prices, the NYSE listed company has had to lay off a large number of its employees. Its UK launch was also pushed back multiple times before it was finally unveiled on 19 January 2015 .