WWE pay-per-views are headed to Saturdays.
The company announced on Monday a slew of pay-per-view dates for 2022, with the company moving the majority of their events to Saturday night.
Here is a look at the announced dates.
- Saturday, Jan. 1: Day 1 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta
- Saturday, Jan. 29: Royal Rumble at The Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis
- Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3: WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas
- Sunday, May 8: TBD pay-per-view at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I.
- Sunday, June 5: TBD pay-per-View at Allstate Arena in Chicago
- Saturday, July 2: Money In The Bank at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas
- Saturday, July 30: SummerSlam at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee
- Saturday, Sept. 3 or Sunday, Sept. 4: TBD pay-per-view at TBD location
- Saturday, Nov. 26: Survivor Series at TD Garden in Boston
WWE says additional pay-per-view events will be soon released for February and October. Those events are likely the company's Saudi Arabia events. All of WWE's Crown Jewel pay-per-views have taken place in October or early November. The other events have moved around the calendar, but the most recent Super ShowDown took place in February.
It's also possible that WWE will have stateside pay-per-views in October and February and is waiting on the announcement until the Saudi dates are set.
Moving most events from Sunday to Saturday breaks a longstanding tradition for WWE and arguably shows the influence of All Elite Wrestling, which has regularly held two of its four yearly pay-per-views on Saturday. AEW's other two pay-per-views are held on Sundays, but they typically are part of a traditional long weekend with a Monday holiday.
WWE began changing its own course over the last year, with WrestleMania having one of its two nights on Saturday and SummerSlam moving to Saturday. Both events were seen as major successes and seemingly gave WWE enough confidence to move nearly its entire PPV slate to Saturday.
These changes do create a potential conflict with UFC and boxing pay-per-views, which are typically held on Saturdays. However, the main event in both of those sports regularly takes place after midnight ET—well after WWE events are concluded. This is also not much of an issue for WWE anymore because they've gone away from the traditional pay-per-view format in their subscription deal with Peacock.
International fans are likely thrilled with the change, given that a WWE pay-per-view could stretch into a Monday.
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