A decline in WWE‘s subscription numbers has opened up a possibility for WWE officials to cut back on pay per view events in 2017. While nothing has been confirmed as of yet, The Wrestling Observer Newsletter have claimed that there will be fewer PPV events next year than what was originally planned.
While there are a lot of reasons for WWE to lose out on their subscribers over the years, the seeds of it were laid in February 2014 when WWE introduced WWE Network as a pay-TV channel. Their plans backfired as it was not accepted widely. Also after the release, the users detected many flaws, which hit its peak during Royal Rumble 2015; #cancelwwenetwork trended worldwide on Twitter.
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WWE have had fifteen pay-per-views this year after taking RoadBlock into the equation, apart from the five Network exclusive events as well. While the excessive amount of pay-per-views have generated an enormous amount of revenue for WWE, their fans have been left disjointed and are struggling to keep up with the over-lapping storylines due to it.
While WWE’s current status on the issue has not been confirmed, though cutting back on pay-per-views might prove to be a blessing in disguise; it will give them an opportunity to establish feuds, instead of randomly putting superstars into the ring together without no reason whatsoever. This will give the casual fans a chance to invest in the budding feuds.
The excessive number of pay-per-views have also devalued its presence, as WWE have been doing 2 PPV’s in a month. Separate PPVs for both the brands have taken a toll on their viewership as avid fans are left flabbergasted at their approach, while the casual fans are missing out on the main storylines.
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