After treating their millions of fans worldwide with the annual spectacle that is Wrestlemania 33, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) made sure that the action for 2017 is just starting to heat up.
According to a report from sports and entertainment website Heavy, the WWE has lined up eight pay-per-view events (PPV) for the remainder of 2017, and the possibility of adding a few more to the schedule in the coming months may not be a very remote possibility. The report noted, however, that because of the brand split between Raw, which airs on Mondays, and Smackdown, which comes out on Tuesdays, fans may only get to see their favorite superstars appearing in the PPVs for their respective brands.
The next PPV will be Raw's "Payback," which is slated for April 30 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. It is interesting to note that a match for the World Championship between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton has been announced for the said PPV, despite the two superstars being under the Smackdown brand. The event will also showcase other matches like Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens for the U.S. Championship and a Raw Tag Team title bout between The Hardy Boyz and Sheamus and Cesaro. Additionally, a Cruiserweight title match featuring Neville and Austin Aries will be featured as well.
On the flipside, Smackdown will have its first post-Wrestlemania PPV in "Backlash" on May 21st at the AllState Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. The event will likely feature Orton against a Smackdown superstar, should he bag the title against Wyatt in Payback. Kevin Owens may also step in the ring against AJ Styles if he retains the U.S. belt.
Some of the other PPVs scheduled for this year are "Extreme Rules" on June 4, which is speculated to feature Brock Lesnar defending his Universal Championship; and "Money in the Bank" on June 18, which is one of the most-anticipated PPVs that is full of twists and surprises. These will be followed by "Bad Blood" on July 9, "Battleground" on July 23, "Summer Slam" on Aug. 20, and "Survivor Series" on Nov. 19.