So far in 2017, WWE has put on 14 pay-per-view events, but next year that might be very different. Survivor Series and Clash of Champions are the final ones scheduled for 2017, meaning the WWE will have put on 16 pay-per-views this year.
This will tie a record for the most pay-per-views the WWE has put on a year, after also putting on 16 in 2006. It’s a slight raise from the 15 they had in 2016 and the 13 they had the year prior. But some fans won’t be happy with the latest news regarding the company’s plans for future events.
According to Dave Meltzer, on Wrestling Observer Radio, the WWE will be reducing its pay-per-view shows in 2018. Meltzer also added, “there would be no months with two pay-per-views until April or May.” In 2017, the first month to feature two events was April with WrestleMania 33 and Payback.
Thus far, the only pay-per-view events in 2018 with set dates/venues are Royal Rumble (Jan. 28, 2018), WrestleMania 34 (Apr. 8, 2018), and SummerSlam (Aug. 19, 2018), though Survivor Series will obviously take place as well.
As for which pay-per-views the WWE may scrap, that remains unclear for now. Great Balls of Fire was introduced this year, though its silly name could pressure the creative team to get rid of it for 2018. The No Mercy pay-per-view was brought back in 2016 after an eight-year hiatus, while Backlash also returned last year after a nine-year break. So it wouldn’t be surprising if any of these pay-per-views got the scrap, given how others have been longer withstanding.
One could probably expect Hell in a Cell and TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs to survive, given the hardcore-style matches they bring each year. However, nothing is clear at this time which events will stay on and which ones will get cut.
There will be more to follow on this story, and we’ll have to monitor it closely. So stay tuned.
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