WWE sent out an email to their mailing list on Saturday that confirms the rumor that they are ending brand-exclusive pay-per-views. The speculation started last week when Ticketmaster sent out an email to let fans know that Backlash would now be a combined show.
The reason for the change is likely because it's not cost-effective to continue split-branded shows because they have not led to a significant increase in WWE Network subscriptions. The idea is to load up one pay-per-view per month with talent from both brands in hopes that it will increase subscriptions and ticket sales. If you were a fan of the first brand split then you'll remember that they tried this before until Vince McMahon to combine both rosters.
WWE released the following pay-per-view schedule for 2018:
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
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