The WWE Network is causing Vince McMahon to revise the number of PPVs in 2017

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Since the brand split truly separated Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live in the summer, the WWE have been running plenty of shows.

Not only do both brands have their own live shows every Monday and Tuesday night respectively, but they have also gained their own monthly pay-per-views.

For instance, at the moment, the company basically has an event every two weeks. Survivor Series will take place on November 20, but then SmackDown Live has it's own TLC PPV on December 4 and Raw has Roadblock on December 18.


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When you consider that the 'big four' PPVs are all being extended to four hour shows - not including the preshow - that's an awful lot of wrestling for fans to digest and precious little time for storylines to progress.

However, the WWE are considering changing their tact when it comes to their special events and PPVs.

NoDQ.com has reported that due to WWE Network subscriptions not reaching expectations, the company will likely be cutting back on the amount of PPV events in 2017.

In April 2016, WWE announced to have 1.824 million subscribers to the WWE Network, of which 1.454 million are paid subscribers. The service has 434,000 subscribers from outside the United States. It is not clear what magical number the WWE were hoping to reach.

The other subscribers can be anything from partners to former employees who enjoy the privilege of a free account.

To run a PPV is obviously a costly endeavour for the WWE and if the event themselves or the coverage on the Network is not covering the cost, it only makes sense that the WWE would scale them back.

Furthermore, it could be good news for fans who want to see more quality matches and progressive storylines on free TV.

Do you think this is a good idea for the WWE? Let us know in the comments below.

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