It was reported back in September that WWE would hold its TLC pay-per-view event on Sunday, December 12th in Chicago, Illinois at the Allstate Arena. There had also been a rumor of the show being pushed back to December 19th.
However, the company has decided to nix the idea of holding a PPV event in December. Instead, WWE will return to Chicago for an episode of SmackDown on December 17th.
WWE’s live event listing on their website notes there will be a house show in Grand Rapids, MI on December 12th and a house show on December 19th in Des Moines, IA.
Dave Meltzer reported on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio there will not be a pay-per-view at all in the month of December. Instead, the WWE Day 1 PPV event on January 1st is technically counted as the December pay-per-view as WWE wants to have 12 PPV events per year.
“We don’t have one. So here’s the situation, the decision was made that… originally they do a pay-per-view every month, there was going to be a pay-per-view in Chicago at the Allstate Arena in mid-December. The feeling is now that doing 12 a year, and the December pay-per-view will actually be January 1st in Atlanta.
The idea of doing January 1st rather than to do mid-late December. And then they’re still gonna do Royal Rumble as the January pay-per-view. A lot of people were wondering when they moved the Chicago date from being a pay-per-view to being a television taping, who’s gonna get the pay-per-view? The answer is that there is no pay-per-view.”
Here is the updated PPV schedule for the company:
Crown Jewel: Thursday, October 21, 2021 – Riyadh, Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium
Survivor Series: Sunday, November 21, 2021 – Brooklyn, New York at the Barclays Center
Day 1: Saturday, January 1, 2022 – Atlanta, Georgia at the State Farm Arena
Royal Rumble: Saturday, January 29, 2022 – St Louis, Missouri from The Dome at America’s Center