With only one PPV left in the 2017 WWE schedule,it’s time to look towards the next year ahead of us. So far from what’s announced, there will be 14 PPVs, 2 less than what we got this year. 4 PPVs go to Smackdown, 5 go to RAW and 5 are brand neutral. The big four (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series) are neutral, with Money In The Bank being added to the list this year. Let’s take a look at the calendar and break it down:
- January 28, 2018: Royal Rumble
The Royal Rumble comes to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia to kick off the year. The Rumble happens on the same weekend that it was scheduled on last year too. Last time that the Wells Fargo Center held a PPV was in July, for Smackdown’s Battleground.
- February 25, 2018: Elimination Chamber
Elimination Chamber is given to the Smackdown brand this year, as RAW got it last time around. The PPV will be held in Las Vegas, with the venue currently unannounced. The PPV will happen two weeks later than it happened last year (last Elimination Chamber was on the 12th of February.)
- March 11, 2018: Fastlane
With RAW getting Elimination Chamber this year, it would only make sense that Smackdown gets Fastlane. Fastlane will happen a week later than when it was scheduled for last year. Columbus, Ohio will be the home for this one. The last time that Columbus saw a PPV was June of 2015 for Money In The Bank.
- April 8, 2018: Wrestlemania
The biggest event of the year, will be returning to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans in 2018. New Orleans was also the home of the 2014 Wrestlemania, Wrestlemania 30. Unlike most of these events, tickets and travel packages are already on sale.
- May 6, 2018: Backlash
The RAW brand starts off the rest of the year with their Backlash PPV. Newark, New Jersey gets a PPV for the first time since Extreme Rules in 2016. Smackdown swaps PPVs again with RAW, since Smackdown held Backlash last year.
- May 27, 2018: Payback
Smackdown has their first show back from Wrestlemania, with Payback. As already mentioned, RAW were the hosts for Payback last year. Baltimore is the setting for this event, with Baltimore being one of the only cities that has a PPV for two consecutive years. May is the first month in the year that has two PPVs in it. The other month that has this is September.
- June 17, 2018: Money In The Bank
For the first time since the brand split, Money In The Bank is a brand neutral PPV. Last year we only saw this with the big four PPVs, but now Money In The Bank is added to that list too. MiTB will be held in Chicago, Illinois, with the venue not being confirmed yet.
- July 15, 2018: Battleground:
The RAW brand has 1 more PPV than Smackdown this year, with Battleground being the decider. Battleground is held on the calendar between two brand neutral events. Battleground went to Smackdown last year. Pittsburgh becomes the host for the second consecutive year.
- August 19, 2018: Summerslam
Summerslam returns to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for the third year in a row. Summerslam is a part of the big four PPVs, so both brands will appear on the event.
- September 16, 2018: Extreme Rules
Extreme Rules is a RAW brand event this year in San Antonio, Texas. Extreme rules is traditionally held a couple months after Wrestlemania, but it has been moved significantly forward this year.
- September 30, 2018: Hell In A Cell
Hell In a Cell returns this year with the background being Nashville, Tennessee. The “City Of Music” is seeing its first PPV since Night Of Champions in 2014.
- October 21, 2018: TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
Boston will host the last RAW brand PPV of the year, TLC. Boston has also held a PPV in 2017, with it yet to happen (Clash Of Champions).
- November 18, 2018: Survivor Series
Los Angeles will get a piece of the pie when Survivor Series heads their way this year. The Staples Center will be the host for the final big four PPV of the year.
- December 16, 2018: Clash Of Champions
The last PPV of the year, and the last PPV for Smackdown is Clash Of The Champions. San Jose, California is the host for this PPV. This is the second PPV in a row in California, making California the only state that gets two PPVs this year (not including NXT TakeOvers).
It’s less events, but it’s still quite the busy year that we have ahead of us. The amount of PPVs shows that WWE is most likely going to commit to another full year of the brand split, at least.