WWE Confirms Huge Change For Future PPVs, New PPV Schedule Revealed


WWE.com has officially announced that all of it's 2018 pay-per-view events will feature Raw and Smackdown wrestlers beginning with WrestleMania.

WWE have perhaps been trying to keep this upcoming change to themselves, but information that was emailed out to the WWE Universe to confirm tickets for Backlash gave away all of the company's plans for the future, which begs the question as to why they haven't yet told their employees. There has been no word yet on whether WWE will produce other network specials as it has in the past before it split up the PPVs, but it has been confirmed that the rest of the 2018 schedule following WrestleMania will feature only dual-branded shows.

And the wrestling company also announced that they are returning to just one PPV a month. WWE started doing brand specific pay-per-views upon the latest brand split but it looks like this was another experiment which was run its course. The Observer is reporting all PPV's are expected to be lengthened to four hours, making all monthly events the same length. The "big four" of the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series generally feature a two-hour kickoff beginning at 5 p.m. and a four-hour card that ends after 11 p.m.

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Elimination Chamber and Fastlane are reported to be the final solo brand pay-per-views for a long time since this change is set to come into place following WrestleMania.

There is also an idea of holding another WWE draft at Backlash to kick off the theme of holding pay-per-view events consisting of Superstars from both the red and blue teams. Raw followed up later in the month with Clash of Champions.

A few changes have been made to the original PPV schedule. It's an interesting turn of events for WWE who were seemingly happy to split the rosters into two brands less than two years ago.