Back in the day for a wrestling fan, they could count on five major pay-per-views from WWE throughout the year. Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, King of the Ring, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series. Since 2002, King of the Ring has been dropped and thus we’ve had the big four instead for a while. With the return of the brand split, PPVs have been more frequent and divide among Raw and SmackDown. If rumors are true, we’re about to see the return of the big five.
The PPV schedule for WWE in 2018 has supposedly been leaked and reveals that June’s Money in the Bank is set to be a dual-branded show between Raw and SmackDown. For those not in the know, the Money in the Bank event spun off from the Money in the Bank ladder match that began in 2005 at WrestleMania 21 in 2005 where several competitors fight for a contract for a world title shot they can cash in at anytime time within a calendar year. Such a win can be used to build up an upcoming talent and give them a huge push.
The move does make sense as there could be a briefcase holder on both brands, for the men and women. The event itself does beckon the participation or more than one brand within the WWE.
This recent year, SmackDown held the event themselves with Baron Corbin retrieving the suitcase and held the first women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, won by Carmella, albeit in controversial fashion.
Set to be held on June 17, 2018, the event will make its return to Chicago, IL, the site of MITB 2011, where CM Punk famously won the WWE Championship from John Cena before running off with the title through his hometown crowd.
Here’s the supposed schedule for next year.
- Jan. 28, Philadelphia: Royal Rumble
- Feb. 25, Las Vegas: Elimination Chamber (Raw)
- March 11, Columbus, Ohio: Fastlane (SmackDown)
- April 8, New Orleans: WrestleMania 34
- May 6, Newark, New Jersey: Backlash (Raw)
- May 27, Baltimore: Payback (SmackDown)
- June 17, Chicago: Money in the Bank
- July 15, Pittsburgh: Battleground (Raw)
- Aug. 19, Brooklyn, New York: SummerSlam
- Sept. 16, San Antonio: Extreme Rules (Raw)
- Sept. 30, Nashville, Tennessee: Hell in a Cell (SmackDown)
- Oct. 21, Boston: TLC (Raw)
- Nov. 18, Los Angeles: Survivor Series
- Dec. 16, San Jose, California: Clash of Champions (SmackDown)
Not too different from 2017, though Backlash switches to Raw, Raw gets more shows, Elimination Chamber and Fastlane have switched brands, and No Mercy is absent actually. Still look like a strong schedule and as a wrestling fan, I’m excited.
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