You can follow the latest WWE Live Event results and news here with us. WWE Live or Live Events, more commonly known as a house show, is usually an un-televised event put on by the company. However, on some occasions, footage is recorded for documentaries or other types of content on the WWE Network.
House shows are usually quite similar to dark matches with the only differences being that dark matches are untelevised matches that take place at tapings for television shows. Essentially, they are really WWE Live.
WWE Live Events are usually booked to ensure that the babyface comes away with the victory to "send the crowd home happy." However, the heels will come out on top if they're holding a title or are positioned far more prominently than their opponent.
WWE Live uses these events to cash in on the exposure that its product receives on television and to gauge the fan reaction to matches, characters and gimmicks that are on the cusp of being introduced on WWE Raw or WWE SmackDown.
A WWE Live show can even be used to promote a televised event or pay-per-view in a local market. WWE Superstars who are scheduled to work together at an upcoming pay-per-view will often be paired at Live Events so that they can get familiar with each other and practice parts of the match that they will have at a televised show.
Since it's untelevised house shows may not have the same production value or pyrotechnics of their televised counterparts. In the past, WWE Live Events merely consisted of a ring, the crowd and the necessary amount of lighting.
However, in 2011, WWE invested in production equipment and procured 3 LED-lit entrance stages — one for SmackDown Live, one for Raw and the other a backup. These stages consisted of a ramp and a video display.
The company also eventually began playing entrance music and promo videos using the multi-media equipment of the arenas where WWE Live shows were held.
While it is a rarity today, most major wrestling promotions used to book their major matches and title changes to take place at house shows until the late 80s. This was because the lack of modern technology at the time combined with the high costs of production made it harder to produce television shows, which were filmed in smaller studios or arenas.
During this time, television shows usually featured promos, jobber squashes and angles that were meant to promote feuds which would be settled with matches at house shows. Sometimes, these more significant matches aired on TV but the show usually went off the air as it built to a finish, encouraging fans to buy tickets and watch the conclusion of the bout.
However, this changed in the late 1990s after WWE's Monday Night Raw and WCW's Monday Nitro revolutionised wrestling television with the Monday Night Wars. This lead to all major angles being filmed on television with the payoffs being given away on pay-per-view.
Since WWE only advances its storylines on televisions, major developments and title changes are seldom scheduled for live events. If there is a title change during one of these shows, it usually changes back during the same event or another house show before the next Raw or SmackDown Live.
The most recent strap to change hands at a WWE Live Event was the United States Championship which AJ Styles won from Kevin Owens at Madison Square Garden on July 08, 2017. On December 03, 2016, Shinsuke Nakamura defeated former Impact Wrestling standout Samoa Joe to regain the NXT Championship in Osaka, Japan.
The WWE Championship switching holders at a live event is an even rarer occurrence, and this has only happened twice since 1990. The two winners Kevin Nash and Bret Hart, two Hall of Famers, who captured their maiden WWE titles at house shows in New York City and Saskatoon respectively.
Interestingly, in January of 1992, Bret Hart lost the Intercontinental Championship to the Mountie — who would drop the belt to "Rowdy" Roddy Piper two days later — at a house show in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Hitman's greatest rival, Shawn Michaels, also won his second Intercontinental from former tag team partner Mary Janetty at a house show in Albany, New York, thanks to an assist from Kevin Nash, who was then performing as Diesel.
Several controversies have also erupted at WWE Live Events. The most notable being the infamous "curtain call" incident where Kevin Nash and Scott Hall, who were leaving WWE for WCW, hugged Triple H and Shawn Michaels in the middle of the ring before the four wrestlers turned to face the crowd with their arms raised. This was seen as a major faux pas by WWE management.
It is also worth noting that house shows were the single largest driver of revenue for these promotions until the advent of pay-per-view and lucrative television rights deals. In 2018, the biggest revenue generators for WWE, a very stable and profitable company by any standard, are its television properties around the world which are approximately worth $200 million annually.