With WrestleMania 33 now behind us, WWE fans are beginning to look ahead to the next pay-per-views scheduled for 2017.
At this time, the WWE has eight pay-per-views scheduled for the remainder of 2017, though they’re expected to add at least one if not more events to that schedule in the coming months. Due to the brand split, some of the pay-per-views that are fan favorites will now only feature superstars from one of the programs.
So what does the WWE have lined up for the rest of 2017? Here’s a look at the schedule.
Payback – April 30th (Raw)
The next WWE pay-per-view that’s on the schedule is Payback, which is being held on April 30th, 2017.
This is a Raw-branded event, although it has been announced that there will be a match between Bray Wyatt and Randy Orton for the World Championship. Orton is a SmackDown Live superstar, and the World Championship is exclusive to SmackDown, yet this match is still happening during a Raw event.
Plus, there will be a match between Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens with the United States Championship on the line, even though Kevin Owens was just assigned to SmackDown. Whoever wins this match is the one who will stay on SmackDown.
In addition, it has also been announced that Payback will feature a cruiserweight championship match between Neville and Austin Aries and a Raw Tag Team Championship match between The Hardy Boyz and Cesaro and Sheamus.
Payback is being held at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. It is the fifth Payback event, with this series of pay-per-views getting its start back in 2013. The idea is that the event largely consists of fallout from WrestleMania and of people getting payback for what happened during that show; of the announced matches, three of them are WrestleMania rematches.
Backlash – May 21st (SmackDown)
The next SmackDown branded event that is taking place is Backlash, which is being held on May 21st.
This is a SmackDown-branded event, and so if Randy Orton beats Bray Wyatt at Payback, Orton will presumably defend his title against someone else at Backlash. Meanwhile, Kevin Owens will likely have a match for the United States Championship against AJ Styles, assuming Owens is able to beat Chris Jericho at Payback. On SmackDown Live this past week, AJ Styles became the number one contender for the United States Championship.
Backlash is happening only eight months after the previous Backlash pay-per-view, which was held in September 2016. This was the first SmackDown-exclusive event to take place following the 2016 brand split, and on it, AJ Styles won the World Championship.
Before 2016, Backlash had not been seen since 2009. This year’s event will take place at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
Extreme Rules – June 4th (Raw)
Next up is Extreme Rules, which is the next Raw-exclusive pay per view after Payback.
Brock Lesnar is not currently expected to defend his Universal Championship at Payback, and so presumably he will have a match for it at Extreme Rules. Based on recent episodes of Monday Night Raw, it seems very likely that Lesnar’s match will be against Braun Strowman.
This is the ninth pay-per-view in the Extreme Rules series, which began in 2009. Last year’s show featured a match between Roman Reigns and AJ Styles for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Extreme Rules this year will be held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Money in the Bank – June 18th (SmackDown)
Money in the Bank this year will be a SmackDown-exclusive pay-per-view, and, like usual, it will take place in June.
This is the eighth pay-per-view in the Money in the Bank series, which began back in 2010. The concept, of course, is that a contract is placed in a briefcase and suspended above the ring. Competitors must use a ladder to climb up and grab the briefcase. Winning it entitles the superstar to a championship match, and they can “cash in” at any point in the next 12 months. Usually, a superstar will make use of their contract at a key point in a championship match during which the champion is down and the contract-holder can come in and score the victory.
Last year, Dean Ambrose won the contract at Money in the Bank, and he cashed it in later that night right after Seth Rollins defeated Roman Reigns to win the championship.
This will be the first time that Money in the Bank is exclusive to one brand. 2017’s show will take place at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri.
Great Balls of Fire – July 9 (Raw)
The third Raw event that’s currently scheduled in Great Balls of Fire which takes place in July.
This was actually originally going to be Bad Blood, the continuation of a series that has dated back to 1997. That series was known for introducing the Hell in a Cell match, and 2017 was to be the year that the pay-per-view is revived.
However, the WWE recently changed its plans, and this pay-per-view is now going to be called Great Balls of Fire. It takes place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
This pay-per-view will feature Brock Lesnar defending his Universal Championship for the first time since WrestleMania 33. It’s not known who his opponent will be, but it has been widely speculated that Lesnar will be facing Braun Strowman.
Battleground – July 23 (SmackDown)
The last brand-exclusive event that’s currently on the schedule is Battleground, which will take place in July.
Battleground got its start back in 2013, with the first show being held in October and featuring a WWE Championship match between Randy Orton and Daniel Bryan. Starting in 2014, though, it was moved to July, and the show has remained in this month ever since.
Last year’s Battleground featured a match between Dean Ambrose, Roman Reigns, and Seth Rollins for the WWE Championship. The winner was Dean Ambrose.
SummerSlam – August 20 (Both)
SummerSlam is perhaps the biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year outside of WrestleMania, and as usual, this is being held in August. It’s considered to be one of the four biggest WWE pay-per-views of the year, with the other three being WrestleMania, Survivor Series, and Royal Rumble.
SummerSlam is notable for being the first show after WrestleMania that features both Raw and SmackDown matches. The series has been running since 1998, with the WWE never skipping a year.
Last year’s SummerSlam featured a match between Brock Lesnar and Randy Orton. Finn Balor also won the Universal Championship in a match against Seth Rollins, although Balor had to vacate the title the next night on Raw.
It has been rumored that Brock Lesnar will still hold the Universal Championship title by this point, and he may be defending it against Roman Reigns.
Survivor Series – November 19 (Both)
Finally, the last WWE pay-per-view currently on the schedule is Survivor Series, which is also considered to be one of the “big four.”
Survivor Series focuses on tag-team elimination matches, and last year, heavy emphasis was placed on the fact that Raw and SmackDown Live were going head to head. Survivor Series 2016, of course, was the show where Goldberg beat Brock Lesnar in one minute and 26 seconds.
No other WWE pay-per-views are currently scheduled for 2017, though obviously there will be least one more after Survivor Series and before the end of the year.