WWE 2022 PPV Schedule: 2-Night WrestleMania 38, SummerSlam in July, Saturday Shows

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVOctober 25, 2021

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 08:  WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The network will launch on February 24, 2014 as the first-ever 24/7 streaming network, offering both scheduled programs and video on demand. The USD 9.99 per month subscription will include access to all 12 live WWE pay-per-view events each year. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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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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