WWE is going through a lot of changes at the moment.
One of their top stars, former WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, has been suspended for 30 days following a violation of the WWE Wellness Policy. They crowned a new champion at Money in the Bank after Dean Ambrose won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match and cashed in his briefcase later in the night after Seth Rollins defeated Reigns in the main event.
Some of their injured stars, such as Rollins, John Cena, and Bray Wyatt, have returned to action. The women’s division got a much-needed jolt on Monday Night Raw this week with the return of Sasha Banks. They’re diving into uncharted waters with this WWE Cruiserweight Classic, which Daniel Bryan and Mauro Ranallo will co-host on the WWE Network, bringing in competitors from all over the world to showcase their talents. They’re making deals with the UFC to allow Brock Lesnar to fight in a couple of weeks. They’re also allowing AJ Styles to mention TNA and Dixie Carter in interviews, which essentially was unheard of until Styles’ appearance on The Stone Cold Podcast on the WWE Network following RAW this past Monday night.
Even with all of that going on, there’s arguably no bigger news in WWE right now than the upcoming draft and brand split, which WWE announced will take place when SmackDown goes live on the USA Network on Tuesday, July 19. Of course, with that WWE draft will come even more changes as talent will be divided on RAW and SmackDown.
Even with that information, the landscape of WWE may change, as there have been reports that the company has contacted numerous former WWE superstars such as Goldberg, Jeff Hardy, MVP, Steven Richards, and Carlito to help fill out the rosters. One of the biggest names being thrown around in that aspect has been Kurt Angle, who, in an interview earlier this week, said that he has spoken to Triple H about a possible return to WWE.
In related news, the NXT roster is expected to be somewhat raided as well. The talk of Finn Balor joining the main roster has been rumored for months, especially as AJ Styles, Karl Anderson, and Luke Gallows are making The Club one of the hottest things in professional wrestling these days, which Balor certainly has ties to. Other big names from NXT, such as champion Samoa Joe, Shinsuke Nakamura, and American Alpha (who would be absolutely perfect to pair with Angle), have also been rumored to be part of the upcoming WWE Draft.
With all of these changes that will come with the draft and brand extension, many have been wondering how the pay-per-view events would be affected. When WWE did this many years ago, they went with an alternating system. RAW would get a pay-per-view one month, SmackDown would go the next month, and there would be joint shows which would include both rosters. The big four events of the year, the Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series, would usually be the events that were tapped.
Now, a new plan for brand-specific pay-per-view events may be in place. Only this time, the WWE Universe would be getting shows just about every other week. At least, that’s what Reddit user Wrestlingleaker wants us to believe after posting a picture to the “Squared Circle” page on Wednesday morning.
Obviously, this schedule should be taken with a grain of salt, as WWE has not confirmed anything at this point, but it should be noted that the talk of having 18 to 22 shows per year following the brand extension has been rumored for quite some time, and this remaining 2016 schedule would point to that happening in 2017. Pay-per-view events that haven’t been around for a while, such as Backlash, which used to follow WrestleMania and hasn’t been a WWE event since 2009, and No Mercy, which stopped being a WWE pay-per-view after 2008, would return if this list turns out to be true. WWE’s Night of Champions may be changing its name to Clash of Champions, which would be a throwback to the NWA and WCW.
What do you think? Would the WWE Universe be down for more pay-per-view events? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below.
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