WWE has locked in the 2018 pay-per-view schedule. The schedule reveals that they will be doing less pay-per-views next year as a cost-cutting measure.
WWE has scrapped the Great Balls of Fire (July) and No Mercy (September). Additionally, Money In The Bank is listed on their schedule as a co-branded Raw/Smackdown show so presumably, that show will have 2 MITB matches for their respective brands.
WWE will run NXT Takeover specials on the night before a “big 4” show (Rumble, Mania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series).
Here is the 2018 schedule:
Royal Rumble (co-branded) – January 28 – Philadelphia, PA
Elimination Chamber (Raw) – February 25 – Las Vegas, NV
Fastlane (Smackdown) – March 11 – Columbus, OH
WrestleMania (co-branded) – April 8 – New Orleans, LA
Backlash (Raw) – May 6 – Newark, NJ
Payback (Smackdown) – May 27 – Baltimore, MD
Money In The Bank (co-branded) – June 17 – Chicago, IL
Battleground (Raw) – July 15 – Pittsburgh, PA
SummerSlam (co-branded) – August 19 – Brooklyn, NY
Extreme Rules (Raw) – September 16 – San Antonio, TX
Hell in a Cell (Smackdown) – September 30 – Nashville, TN
TLC: Tables, Ladders, and Chairs (Raw) – October 21 – Boston, MA
Survivor Series (co-branded) – November 18 – Los Angeles, CA
Clash of Champions (Smackdown) – December 16 – San Jose, CA
Authors Take: Despite WWE higher-ups constantly bragging about the companies profits (Most of which come from TV rights fees), WWE’s most recent Quarterly financial results did raise some red flags (A 21% decrease in ticket sales for example). So cost-cutting measures such as this have become the norm in recent months, and I expect to see even more cuts made in 2018!