WWE replaces pay-per-view after WrestleMania 32
Major pay-per-view changes were made by WWE for 2016.
WWE was rumoured to be mulling some changes to its pay-per-view listings and from the looks of things that rumour has turned out to be legit, with Ticketmaster is now listing the WWE Payback pay-per-view for May 1st in New Jersey at the Prudential Center as WWE Extreme Rules.
The change comes as a surprise as tickets for Payback were to be available this week, which was shcedueled to happen on 22nd May.
Even the logo for Payback has been removed from The Prudential Centre’s website, replaced by the regular WWE pay-per-view logo. The existence of the name Payback has also been completely removed from the website.
The rejig of events seems to be a last minute decision as a press release for Payback tickets was posted only yesterday. Extreme Rules was originally set to occur on April 24th, but it has been rescheduled for 22nd May..
As stated before, rescheduling or cancelling pay-per-views was something that the franchise considered after its strong Q4 results in order to cut losses and even out their balance sheet. Fastlane seemed more likely to be the first victim of the cull, but WWE thought otherwise.