WWE have had 12 Pay-Per-Views a year, but that has now increased to 19. However, that is just as of this year. After the brand split, it is still expected that every month will have two pay-per-views except for the big four PPVs – Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam & Survivor Series.
Also, it must be noted that NXT Takeover specials are now expected to be held on the day before a big four PPV. This year, Wrestlemania & Summerslam weekend opened with an NXT Takeover special. And it will happen again this coming November in Toronto for Survivor Series weekend, with the special being called NXT Takeover: Toronto.
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It is still to be seen whether two PPVs a month is too much for the audience to digest or not. The biggest fault seen so far from these is that there is far lesser time to build up to the PPVs. However, we need to give it more time to see how it all works out. With the Network airing PPVs however, it increases the value of it far more.
The following list is the list of PPVs and NXT Takeover specials coming up in 2017. Just like 2016, 2017 promises to be a great year for WWE:
#1 Royal Rumble
Date: January(?), 2017
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Brand: Dual branded
This is where the road to Wrestlemania begins. This will be an interesting Royal Rumble due to the brand split. The winner of the Rumble match will get to choose between a WWE World Championship or a Universal Championship match. It is also being said that Brock Lesnar will challenge for the Universal Championship at this show. Also, it must be noted as mentioned above that WWE are planning to make a weekend of every big-four PPV, so don’t be surprised if there is an NXT Takeover: LA a day before the Rumble.
Date: February(?), 2017
Fastlane has gotten a bad rap the last two years, primarily because of the unpleasing finish at the end of each(i.e, Roman Reigns cementing his Wrestlemania main event spot). As a whole, both years prior have not been the best either. It is highly likely that Fastlane will be a brand exclusive PPV and there is another one later in the month.
In the previous brand split with exclusive PPVs, the final PPV before Wrestlemania would generally be a Smackdown exclusive show, and the Raw title picture would then be decided accordingly. The brand split should make Fastlane a solid B-PPV.
#3 WrestleMania 33
Date: April 2nd, 2017
Venue: Camping World Stadium, Orlando, FL
Brand: Dual branded
Wrestlemania 33 should have a lot of promise if the roster stays healthy. One of the biggest reasons Wrestlemania 32 fell flat was due to the injury plague taking out several top stars including Seth Rollins and John Cena. Wrestlemania 24 took place in the very same venue, and it was then known as the Citrus Bowl.
WWE Hall Of Famer Jim Ross said that Wrestlemania 33 will determine the success or failure of the second rendition of the brand split. Wrestlemania 33 is expected to be the end of The Undertaker’s legendary career in the hands of John Cena. Some other rumored matches include Seth Rollins vs Triple H, Sasha Banks vs Bayley and Shane McMahon vs Brock Lesnar.
#4 Extreme Rules
Date: April(?), 2017
Just like how the last PPV before Wrestlemania used to be Smackdown-exclusive, the first PPV post-Wrestlemania would usually be Raw exclusive. This maybe what Backlash was in the Ruthless Aggression era – the PPV of Wrestlemania rematches. Last year Roman Reigns and AJ Styles main evented with an instant classic Extreme Rules match.
Date: May(?), 2017
This may possibly be a Smackdown Live exclusive PPV. This would perhaps be the blow-off to Smackdown Live’s Wrestlemania feuds, and the beginning of new stories for the Smackdown Live brand. However, the same could be said if it is a Raw exclusive PPV.