On Saturday, the WWE confirmed that all pay-per-view events following WrestleMania will be dual brand shows, marking an end to brand specific shows.
This will signal the elimination of Payback, Battleground, Great Balls of Fire and No Mercy for 2018.
The updated pay-per-view schedule will amount to 12 pay-per-views in 2018 (a big decrease from the 16 events in 2017) with the following schedule:
WrestleMania – April 8th in New Orleans, Louisiana
Backlash – May 6th in Newark, New Jersey
Money in the Bank – June 17th
Extreme Rules – July 15th
SummerSlam – August 19th
Hell in a Cell – September 16th
TLC – October 21st
Survivor Series – November 18th in Los Angeles, California
Clash of Champions – December 16th
An interesting statistic from the WWE’s 2017 financials is that traditional pay-per-view revenue actually increased in 2017 by a slight margin. For the 16 shows, they brought in $14.2 million in revenue from traditional pay-per-view and was an increase of 12.7% from the $12.6 million in revenue from 2016.