Liam Hoofe with a round-up of the latest wrestling news…
Changes Made to Money in the Bank, Full 2018 PPV Schedule
For some time now, WWE fans have considered Money in the Bank as one of the year’s big shows. The PPV calendar traditionally highlights Royal Rumble, Wrestlemania, Summerslam, and Survivor Series as the company’s biggest four shows of the year, and they are the only four shows to feature both Raw and Smackdown brands competing. Well, according to PWInsider, it was revealed yesterday that Money in the Bank 2018 will also be a dual branded event, indicated that the WWE are beginning to treat it as one of their big shows.
The news was revealed alongside the full 2018 WWE PPV schedule, which features several other interesting changes. The first thing you may notice is that the company has trimmed their schedule from 16 shows to 14, which are made up of 5 dual branded, 5 for Raw, and 4 for Smackdown.
The two shows that are receiving the boot next year are No Mercy, one of the company’s longest-running shows, and Great Balls of Fire, which only made its debut this year. Don’t be surprised to see the WWE clearing their schedule so they can fit in more one-off specials like the upcoming Starrcade though, especially with one brand having fewer shows than the other. Here is the full PPV schedule for 2018:
Jan. 28, Philadelphia: Royal Rumble
Feb. 25, Las Vegas: Elimination Chamber (Raw)
March 11, Columbus, Ohio: Fastlane (SmackDown)
April 8, New Orleans: WrestleMania 34
May 6, Newark, New Jersey: Backlash (Raw)
May 27, Baltimore: Payback (SmackDown)
June 17, Chicago: Money in the Bank
July 15, Pittsburgh: Battleground (Raw)
Aug. 19, Brooklyn, New York: SummerSlam
Sept. 16, San Antonio: Extreme Rules (Raw)
Sept. 30, Nashville, Tennessee: Hell in a Cell (SmackDown)
Oct. 21, Boston: TLC (Raw)
Nov. 18, Los Angeles: Survivor Series
Dec. 16, San Jose, California: Clash of Champions (SmackDown)
Kurt Angle Vs John Cena Tease
Speculation has been rife for months that Kurt Angle was set to face Triple H at this year’s Wrestlemania but recent developments now point towards The Game taking on The Monster Among Men Braun Strowman on the show.
This development has got fans speculating as to who Kurt Angle could face at Mania, with many presuming that he will be squaring off against his kayfabe son, Jason Jordan. If we’re being honest, this is a match just about nobody wants to see and surely the company can sense that from Jordan’s reactions. Well, yesterday, Kurt Angle teased a possible match with John Cena during a Twitter exchange.
The WWE’s official Twitter account tweeted out a picture of Kurt Angle and John Cena squaring off, with the caption ‘Things always come fall circle’ referring back to the fact that Kurt Angle was John Cena’s first-ever opponent in the company. This prompted Kurt to reply….
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) November 21, 2017
While Kurt’s response may have just been for a bit of fun, it is worth considering that he was asked to do so by the WWE. Rumour had it that John Cena was set to face Jinder Mahal at Wrestlemania, but with the company’s failure to sell out in India, it seems unlikely they would want to give Jinder such a big place on the card now. If that is the case, then Cena would be looking for an opponent, and who better for him than his old rival Kurt Angle.
Reason Becky Lynch was attacked on this week’s Smackdown
This week on Smackdown, Becky Lynch was beaten down backstage by the debuting Ruby Riot, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan. It turns out that the angle was done to write Lynch off TV for the same reason as The Miz – to work on a movie. The movie in question is The Marine 6, which will also feature WWE legend Shawn Michaels.
There is no currently no timeline for Lynch’s return, but here’s hoping she can make a big return during the rumoured Women’s Royal Rumble in January.
Liam Hoofe – @liamhoofe