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WWE 2018 PPV schedule: MITB, slightly fewer shows, more

As was noted in this week's edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE is making some changes to their pay-per-view schedule for 2018.

There are 14 PPVs planned for next year, down from the 16 the company presented in 2017. Of those, there will be five shows with wrestlers from both Raw and SmackDown and nine brand-exclusive events. Five of those will be Raw-only PPVs and four will be SmackDown shows.

Joining the traditional "big four" as a dual-brand event next year will be Money in the Bank, which will take place in Chicago, Illinois. With WWE having done their first women's Money in the Bank ladder match this past June, it isn't known how many MITB matches will be on next year's show or whether there will end up being Raw and SmackDown wrestlers in the same matches or not.

Here's a look at the planned PPV schedule for 2018:

  • January 28th -- Royal Rumble (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
  • February 25th -- Elimination Chamber (Raw PPV in Las Vegas. Nevada)
  • March 11th -- Fastlane (SmackDown PPV in Columbus, Ohio)
  • April 8th -- WrestleMania 34 (New Orleans, Louisiana)
  • May 6th -- Backlash (Raw PPV in Newark, New Jersey)
  • May 27th -- Payback (SmackDown PPV in Baltimore, Maryland)
  • June 17th -- Money in the Bank (Chicago, Illinois)
  • July 15th -- Battleground (Raw PPV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • August 19th -- SummerSlam (Brooklyn, New York)
  • September 16th -- Extreme Rules (Raw PPV in San Antonio, Texas)
  • September 30th -- Hell in a Cell (SmackDown PPV in Nashville, Tennessee)
  • October 21st -- TLC (Raw PPV in Boston, Massachusetts)
  • November 18th -- Survivor Series (Los Angeles, California)
  • December 16th -- Clash of Champions (SmackDown PPV in San Jose, California)