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List of WWE pay-per-view events

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This is a chronological list of pay-per-views promoted by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Each month, WWE holds one or two annual pay-per-view events. One event is usually three hours long and features six to twelve matches. Pay-per-view events are a big part of how the WWE earns money.[1][2]

In the table below, NXT TakeOver: Toronto and NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn are marked with asterixes. This is because this will be the third event in the NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn series which is a branch of the NXT TakeOver series. The table also includes WWE Network events.

Current pay-per-view events
Date[3][4][5] Event[3][4][5] Venue City[3][4]
May 1, 2016 Payback Allstate Arena Rosemont, Illinois
May 22, 2016 Extreme Rules Prudential Center Newark, New Jersey
June 19, 2016 Money in the Bank Oracle Arena Oakland, California
July 24, 2016 Battleground Verizon Center Washington, D.C.
September 11, 2016 Backlash Richmond Coliseum Richmond, Virginia
September 25, 2016 Clash of Champions Bankers Life Fieldhouse Indianapolis, Indiana
October 9, 2016 No Mercy Golden 1 Center Sacramento, California
November 19, 2016 NXT TakeOver: Toronto* Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada
November 20, 2016 Survivor Series Air Canada Centre Toronto, Ontario, Canada
December 4, 2016 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs American Airlines Center Dallas, Texas
December 18, 2016 Roadlock: End of the Line PPG Paints Arena Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
January 29, 2017 Royal Rumble Alamodome San Antonio, Texas
March 5, 2017 Fastlane Bradley Center Milwaukee, Wisconsin
April 2, 2017 WrestleMania 33 Camping World Stadium Orlando, Florida
August 19, 2017 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn* Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York
August 20, 2017 SummerSlam (2017) Barclays Center Brooklyn, New York

History[change | change source]

Many people believe wrongly that the first WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), pay-per-view was November 1985's The Wrestling Classic. This was a tournament held at the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago. The first WrestleMania event, in March of the same year, was on pay-per-view in some areas.[6] The first two WrestleManias earned much money. After WrestleMania III became one of the best events in wrestling history, the WWF then decided to have more pay-per-views.

The first Survivor Series event took place on November 29 1987. It was shown at the same time as NWA's Starrcade which was thought to be the biggest yearly event for NWA. The WWF informed cable companies that if they were showing Starrcade, they would not be allowed to show future WWF events. Most companies showed Survivor Series. Because of this, Starrcade did not make much money that year. This is thought to be the start of many problems for Jim Crockett Promotions.[7]

The first Royal Rumble in January 1988 was shown on the USA Network. It had the highest rating in the network's history up until that time. The event became a pay-per-view the next year.[8]

The first SummerSlam was held in Madison Square Garden in August 1988.[9] These four events - the Royal Rumble in January, WrestleMania in March or April, SummerSlam in August, and Survivor Series in November - were the only annual pay-per-view offerings (other than the King of the Ring) from the WWF until 1995. After World Championship Wrestling (WCW) started showing more pay-per-views, the WWF increased the number of pay-per-views it showed. At first, the WWF used the name In Your House for its new shows. Beginning in 1996, it began using other names along with the In Your House name (such as Bad Blood and No Way Out). This was done to avoid confusion. By the end of February of 1999, the In Your House name was no longer used.

Both companies increased the number of pay-per-views until they each had one pay-per-view event each month. From the late '90s until 2003, World Wrestling Entertainment had a once-a-month pay-per-view schedule. The pay-per-view events in the United States can be bought through iN DEMAND, Dish Network or DirecTV.

Up until 2003, the WWE ran two pay-per-views a year which were only shown in the United Kingdom. After the brand extension, they stopped doing these two events. Instead of the UK events, they did international tours which were taped for television. Currently, WWE has the WrestleMania Revenge tour, after WrestleMania, at the beginning of the year and the Survivor Series tour, at the end of the year, in the UK. Each includes a RAW, SmackDown!, and an ECW taping.

In Australia, WWE's pay-per-views are shown on Main Event. In the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, some pay-per-views are shown on Sky Sports 1 and others on Sky Box Office.

Starting with the 2008 Royal Rumble, all WWE pay-per-views were broadcast in High-definition.

Brand extension[change | change source]

In June 2003, WWE decided to only use people from one brand extension for many of its pay-per-views. Only the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series events used people from different brands. WrestleMania and The Royal Rumble were the only events with wrestlers from different brands competing against each other. This allowed WWE to show more pay-per-view events, such as Cyber Sunday and The Great American Bash. From late 2005, they decided to change this and matches with people from different brands were shown more often. In March 2007, it said they would stop only using one brand on each pay-per-view. All of its pay-per-views would have matchs from all three brands.[10] The one-brand-only events were:

Pay-per-view Brand Years Note
New Year's Revolution RAW 2005-2007
Backlash RAW 2004-2006
Bad Blood RAW 2003-2004
Vengeance[11] SmackDown! 2003[12]
RAW 2004-2006
Unforgiven RAW 2003-2006
Cyber Sunday RAW 2004-2006 From 2004-2005, the event was called Taboo Tuesday.[13][14][15]
Armageddon RAW 2003[16]
SmackDown! 2004-2006
No Way Out SmackDown! 2004-2007
Judgment Day SmackDown! 2004-2006
The Great American Bash SmackDown! 2004-2006
No Mercy SmackDown! 2003-2006
December to Dismember ECW 2006 Was the only ECW exclusive pay-per-view.[17]

Former pay-per-view events[change | change source]

Pay-per-view Year(s) Active Note
The Wrestling Classic 1985 only
This Tuesday in Texas 1991 only
King of the Ring 1993-2002, 2015 Non Pay-Per-View event from 2006 to 2010
In Your House 1995-1999
Bad Blood 1997, 2003-2004
December to Dismember 2006 only Was the only ECW exclusive pay-per-view.
New Year's Revolution 2005-2007

WWE Backlash WWE Judgment Day WWE The Great American Bash WWE Unforgiven WWE No Mercy WWE Cyber Sunday WWE Armageddon WWE Fatal 4 Way WWE No Way Out

Pay-per-view event name changes[change | change source]

Pay-per-view Year(s) Active Note
Taboo Tuesday 2004-2005 Name changed to WWE Cyber Sunday.
ECW One Night Stand 2005-2006 Name changed to WWE One Night Stand.
Vengeance 2001-2007 Name changed to WWE Night of Champions.
WWE One Night Stand 2007-2008 Name changed to Extreme Rules
WWE The Great American Bash 2004-2008 Name changed to The Bash
WWE Unforgiven 1999-2008 Name changed to Breaking Point
WWE No Mercy 1999-2008 Name changed to Hell in a Cell
WWE Cyber Sunday 2006-2008 Name changed to WWE Bragging Rights
Armageddon 1999-2000, 2002-2008 Name changed to TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs
WWE Fatal 4-Way 2010 Name changed to WWE: Capitol Punishment

International pay-per-view events[change | change source]

Pay-per-view Year(s) Active Note
One Night Only 1997 only
Mayhem in Manchester 1998 only
Capital Carnage 1998 only
No Mercy (UK) 1999 only Although this event took place in the UK, another PPV called "No Mercy" was held the same year in the US
Rebellion 1999-2002
Global Warning 2002 only
Insurrextion 2000-2003

Upcoming pay-per-view schedule[change | change source]

Date Name Venue City Main Event Ref
May 4, 2014 Extreme Rules IZOD Center East Rutherford, NJ TBA [18]
June 1, 2014 Payback Allstate Arena Rosemont, IL TBA [19]
June 29, 2014 Money in the Bank TD Garden Boston, MA TBA [20]
July 20, 2014 Battleground Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, FL TBA [21]
August 17, 2014 SummerSlam Staples Center Los Angeles, CA TBA [22]
September 21, 2014 Night of Champions TBA TBA TBA [23]
October 26, 2014 Hell in a Cell TBA TBA TBA [23]
November 23, 2014 Survivor Series TBA TBA TBA [23]
December 14, 2014 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs TBA TBA TBA [23]
March 29, 2015 WrestleMania 31 Levi's Stadium Santa Clara, CA TBA [24]

Non-pay-per-view supercards[change | change source]

Supercard Year(s) Active Note
Saturday Night's Main Event 1985-1991, 2006-present The show began being shown again in 2006.[25]
The Main Event 1988-1991 Was a spin-off of Saturday Night's Main Event.

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