WWE continues to make changes to their pay-per-view (PPV) model moving forward.
It was announced earlier this month by the Wrestle Votes Twitter account, who has broken several news stories in professional wrestling in the past, that all WWE PPVs moving forward after the Backlash PPV on May 6th will be dual branded.
This means that there will no longer be RAW or SmackDown Live exclusive PPV shows. One noted reason for the change was repetitive storylines and feuds being draw out much longer than wanted. Weekly TV shows ill not be affected by the change.
On a recent edition of Wrestling Observer Radio Dave Meltzer offered his thoughts on the change. Here's what he had to say courtesy of RingSide News:
“I got a feeling that once they start doing these dual branded pay-per-view shows, we’re going to be getting so many multiple person matches and I know actually when it gets down to it.
"When it comes down to these multiple person matches they usually book them pretty well and usually are entertaining.
“I think we will be getting all kinds of multiple person matches left and right. Watch New Japan and get nothing but those tag matches. WWE is going to be nothing but multiple person matches.”
These recent changes have also nixed two yearly PPV events on WWE's schedule. The previously scheduled May 27th Payback event has been nixed altogether. WWE has dropped it's Battleground event as well.
Recent changes have also forced WWE to change the dates of two of its events as well. Extreme Rules was originally scheduled for September 16th, however, it has now been moved up to July 15th.
Hell In A Cell has also been moved, as its original date of September 30th has now been moved up to September 16th. It should be interesting to see how fans react to the new PPV model.
What are your thoughts on WWE not having Battleground or Payback PPV events this year due to their brand-exclusive events cancellation? Do you think that the two events will be missed by WWE fans? Or will they not notice it since the big four (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Royal Rumble, Survivor Series) are still intact? Have YOUR say in the comments section below, and the fourth episode of GiveMeSport’s WWE podcast is here!
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