Following the “brand extension” of 2016, WWE overhauled its pay-per-view lineup and increased the number of overall PPVs to feature Raw and SmackDown talent on separate monthly shows, along with a few dual-branded megashows like the Royal Rumble or WrestleMania.
There were pros and cons to this approach. A increase in the amount of monthly pay-per-views meant WWE Network subscribers were getting more bang for their buck, but at the same time the schedule was so packed that each individual pay-per-view didn’t feel quite as special.
WWE announced that after WrestleMania 34 in April, the company will revert to its previous format of one pay-per-view per month, featuring talent from both weekly shows. Here is the schedule for the rest of 2018:
WWE Elimination Chamber (Raw) – February 25th, 2018
WWE Fastlane (SmackDown) – March 11th, 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
It has been rumored that pay-per-views could be expanded beyond the typical three-hour time slot, as combining the Raw and SmackDown rosters into one three-hour show would likely mean that fewer stars from each show would be featured.
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