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From the WWE Rumor Mill: Details on RAW and SmackDown tapings for 2018

Johny Payne
6.42K   //    23 Nov 2017, 00:25 IST

The WWE often features brand rivalry, particularly during Survivor Series season every year
The WWE often features brand rivalry, particularly during Survivor Series season every year

What’s the story?

As reported by PWInsider, the WWE is keen on putting forth back-to-back RAW and SmackDown shows in the same markets and venues next year.

In other words, the WWE intends to organise both RAW and SmackDown on ensuing nights in the very same venue much like they did this week’s shows, both of which were held at the Toyota Center in Houston. 

In case you didn’t know…

The WWE presents two of its biggest television shows, Monday Night RAW and SmackDown Live, that comprise an essential part of the promotion’s revenues.

Additionally, attendance at both RAW and SmackDown tapings generate considerable profits for the WWE, with both shows often emanating from different cities on Monday and Tuesday respectively.

The heart of the matter

The WWE also has a history of often organising both the red and blue brands’ shows in the same city and venue, on back-to-back nights—the most recent example being NXT Takeover: WarGames (November 18th), Survivor Series (Nov. 19th), Monday Night RAW (Nov. 20th) and SmackDown Live (Nov. 21st) all held at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas over the weekend.

If one is to believe the rumblings in the professional wrestling community, the WWE is going to have a greater number of RAW and SmackDown tapings held on consecutive nights in the same market and venue in the 2018 calendar year.

That, in turn, will allow fans in and around the said market/region watch not just RAW or SmackDown, but both shows on successive days.

What’s next?

The next edition of Monday Night RAW goes down at the Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tennessee on November 27th.

Author’s take

The WWE Universe, particularly in the USA, can rejoice given the fact that residents living nearby the venue for the chronological RAW and SmackDown shows get to watch a super-show—a sort of WWE fan-fest over the span of two days!

Honestly speaking, given the awesome shows WWE has put on this year, one can’t wait for the madness and unpredictability that 2018 will bring. Buckle up, WWE Universe!          

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