As we noted last week, WWE will be scaling back on the number of pay-per-view events in 2018, cutting them from the 16 events which took place in 2017 to 14 next year.
In addition to the big four PPV’s, next year’s Money in the Bank PPV will be a co-branded event, featuring talents from both Raw and Smackdown Live. This has fueled speculation that Money in the Bank will feature Raw and Smackdown Money in the Bank contract ladder matches, however that has yet to be announced by WWE.
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According to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is cutting back on the amount of PPV’s taking place next year due to overall Network numbers. WWE learned this year that the added PPV events from last year, which included dual events in the months of April, June, July and October, did not yield added Network subscriptions. So in the end, the company spent more money on the added events, but did not receive any additional revenue as Network subscriptions did not rise.
The Observer report added fan interest in the “B” show PPV’s, which featured the Smackdown roster, was less than that of Raw.
Next year’s PPV calendar will only feature dual PPVs in the months of May and September, and the rest of the months will feature only one event.