Bengaluru, February 15: WWE Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live are set to co-host all the pay-per-views after the Wrestlemania PPV this year, according to several reports.
WWE started to host brand-exclusive PPVs two years ago after the WWE Draft returned to separate the Raw and Smackdown roster in 2016. This was a crucial move by the officials as the programme had turned stale due to Raw-centric storylines. Hence, a push was needed for Smackdown.
The brand extension draft finally made the blue brand unique in its own way and a separate prime title was created in the form of the WWE championship to let more superstars have an opportunity at a championship equal to Raw's Universal title. This then led WWE to host PPVs in a separate way.
Critics praised this effort pulled off by the creative team which happened in September 2016 and is expected to go on till April this year. The PPV will see a huge change after Wrestlemania 34 onwards as the brand-specific events will become extinct.
According to the reports of wrestlingINC.com, all the PPV events in 2018 after the biggest event of the year will be hosted in a co-branded way. Currently only shows like Wrestlemania, Summerslam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble events are co-hosted every year.
However, starting from the Backlash PPV, both Raw and Smackdown superstars will perform in the WWE Network specials. The news was leaked via an e-mail received by a from Ticketmaster.
For those who have already booked tickets for the Backlash event, they received a notification which stated that the Backlash event which was a Raw-exclusive show before has now been converted into a dual-brand PPV.
In case you didn't know, it is the first PPV after Wrestlemania 34 and it is scheduled to take place on May 6th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
With that being said, the previous tradition of WWE hosting special PPV events comprising both the brands will return and Elimination Chamber on February 25th will be the last Raw-exclusive PPV while Fastlane on March 11th will be the last Smackdown-exclusive PPV.