Rumors have swirled around for a week or so, but WWE has confirmed that PPVs will go back to being dual-brand. WWE announced today what Dave Meltzer reported last week, that after Wrestlemania, all PPV’s will have both brands on them. WWE released a schedule for the rest of the year, which is somewhat different from what was announced at the start of the year:
WrestleMania 34 – April 8, 2018
WWE Backlash – May 6, 2018
WWE Money in the Bank – June 17, 2018
WWE Extreme Rules – July 15, 2018
SummerSlam – Aug. 19, 2018
WWE Hell in a Cell – Sept. 16, 2018
WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs – Oct. 21, 2018
Survivor Series – Nov. 18, 2018
WWE Clash of Champions – Dec. 16, 2018
In May of 2016, WWE announced that the brands would split once again. With this announcement, was the reveal that all PPV’s would be assigned to a specific brand, excluding the big four PPV’s (Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Survivor Series and Summerslam).
The company has a dilemma in how they will book the PPV’s, when you take into account that both brands combine have 9 championships which need to be defended. On top of that, the company will have to find time to fit in grudge matches on PPV’s. It will be interesting to see what changes (if any) will be made to accommodate as many storylines on each PPV as possible.