Reason why WWE will cut down pay-per-views for 2018
As reported, WWE is cutting down the pay-per-view count for 2018 to 14. This year, WWE featured two pay-pay-views nearly every month, with the exception of the Big Four, which garnered a lot of criticism from both media and fans. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the decision was made due to network numbers. Although WWE increased the pay-per-views, there were no changes in the pattern of the numbers overall.
The idea was to add shows to generate revenue on the network, but nothing really moved. In addition, there was a lower interest in the minor pay-per-views, particularly for the SmackDown Live brand. Although some of the expenses of an additional show were offset with higher ticket prices and a larger audience, it was not worth continuing to invest in the number of extra shows overall.
Plans for Money in the Bank
We also reported that Money in the Bank will now be a joint pay-per-view, featuring Raw and SmackDown Live talent. This will create the event to have a similar feel as the current Big Four pay-per-views – Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. The WON reported that, in addition to Money in the Bank being a joint pay-per-view, there will likely be two separate ladder matches for each respective brand.
There is also speculation that there could be as much as four. While the number of ladder matches is not confirmed, there was even a discussion of having a tag team MITB ladder match as well. So, if WWE does decide to go with four ladder matches, it could be either Raw & SmackDown Live men’s singles plus tag teams, or men’s singles plus women’s singles.
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