|January 29||Royal Rumble|
|February 14||Elimination Chamber|
|June 4||Extreme Rules|
|June 18||Money in the Bank|
|July 9||Great Balls of Fire|
|September 24||No Mercy|
|October||Hell in a Cell|
Each month, World Wrestling Entertainment holds one or two annual pay-per-view events. One event is usually three hours long and features six to twelve matches. Pay-per-view events are a big part of the revenue stream for WWE.
It is a commonly held misconception that the first WWF pay-per-view was November 1985's The Wrestling Classic, a tournament held at the Rosemont Horizon near Chicago, but the first WrestleMania event, in March of the same year, was available on pay-per-view in some markets. The first two WrestleMania’s were undeniable financial successes, and after WrestleMania III became perhaps the best known event in wrestling history, the WWF decided to expand their pay-per-view offerings.
The first Survivor Series event was offered on November 29 1987, scheduled directly against NWA's Starrcade, traditionally considered to be that promotion's biggest yearly event. The WWF informed cable companies that if they chose to carry Starrcade, they would not be allowed to carry future WWF events. The vast majority of companies showed Survivor Series (only three opted to remain loyal to their contract with the NWA), and the resulting financial blow to Starrcade was in many ways the beginning of the end for Jim Crockett Promotions.
The debut of the Royal Rumble in January 1988 was actually shown on the USA Network, where it drew the highest rating to that time in the network's history. The event became a pay-per-view the following year.
The first SummerSlam was held in Madison Square Garden in August 1988. These four events - the Royal Rumble in January, WrestleMania in March or April, SummerSlam in August, and Survivor Series in November - were the only annual pay-per-view offerings (other than the King of the Ring) from the WWF until 1995, after rival World Championship Wrestling had expanded the number of their pay-per-view shows. Initially, the WWF used the In Your House brand, but beginning in 1996 began using other names to compliment the In Your House name (such as Badd Blood and No Way Out), to avoid confusion. By the end of February 1999, the In Your House name was nonexistent.
This trend escalated to the point that by 1996, both companies showed monthly events on pay-per-view. Until recently, World Wrestling Entertainment had a once-a-month pay-per-view schedule, which they had from the late '90s until 2003 totalling twelve a year. WWE currently produces 12 shows yearly and now charges $39.95 USD for each, except for WrestleMania, which is USD $49.95. The pay-per-view events in the United States can be bought through iN DEMAND, Dish Network or DirecTV.
The WWE ran twice yearly pay-per-views which were exclusive to the UK up to 2003, but after the brand extension occurred they were scrapped in favour of tours, with a TV taping included, so now the WWE has the WrestleMania Revenge tour after WrestleMania at the beginning of the year and the Survivor Series tour at the end of the year, in the UK. Each includes a RAW, SmackDown!, and an ECW taping.
In Australia, WWE's pay-per-views are shown on Main Event. In the United Kingdom, only usually around 8 of them charged for and are shown on Sky Box Office. These are all charged at £14.95 GBP and has no extra charge for WrestleMania like in the USA. The other events are seen on the subscription channel Sky Sports 1.
WWE PPVs are almost always held in major cities, some cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Phoenix, St.Louis, Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, and Detroit getting a PPV about once every year considering that they draw more than other cities.
Active and upcoming events
The following is a list of the current, active titles for events scheduled by WWE.
██ Raw branded event ██ SmackDown branded event
|August 20, 2017||SummerSlam||Barclays Center||Brooklyn, New York|
|September 24, 2017||No Mercy||Staples Center||Los Angeles, California|
|October 22, 2017||TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs||Target Center||Minneapolis, Minnesota|
|November 19, 2017||Survivor Series||Toyota Center||Houston, Texas|
|January 28, 2018||Royal Rumble||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|April 8, 2018||WrestleMania 34||Mercedes-Benz Superdome||New Orleans, Louisiana|
In June 2003, WWE announced to further their brand extension and make their pay-per-views exclusive to a particular brand (RAW, SmackDown!, and later, ECW). The only exceptions to this were the established Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series events which remained joint productions, and WrestleMania being the only event with wrestlers from different brands competing against each other. This allowed WWE to eventually add more pay-per-view events to their offerings, such as Cyber Sunday and The Great American Bash (itself a revival of an old NWA and WCW event). From late 2005, the restrictions were relaxed and interbrand matches in brand-exclusive events were becoming more frequent. In March 2007, it was announced that the idea of brand-exclusive events was scrapped and would now feature matches from all three brands. The brand-exclusive events were:
|New Year's Revolution||RAW||2005-2007||N/A|
|Vengeance||RAW||2004-2006||In 2003, Vengeance was a Smackdown! exclusive event|
|Cyber Sunday||RAW||2006-2008||From 2004-2005, the event was promoted under the name Taboo Tuesday.|
|Armageddon||SmackDown!||2004-2006||In 2003, Armageddon was a Raw exclusive event|
|No Way Out||SmackDown!||2002-2007||Returned in 2012|
|The Great American Bash||SmackDown!||2004-2006||N/A|
|December to Dismember||ECW||2006||This was the only ECW exclusive pay-per-view.|
Former pay-per-view events
|Pay-per-view||Year (s) Active||Notes|
|The Wrestling Classic||1985|
|This Tuesday in Texas||1991|
|King of the Ring||1993–2002|
|In Your House||1995–1999|
|Bad Blood||1997, 2003–2004|
|Over the Edge||1998–1999||Discontinued after the death of Owen Hart at the 1999 event.|
|Fully Loaded||1998–2000||Replaced by Invasion in 2001, and permanently discontinued when replaced by Vengeance in 2002.|
|One Night Stand||2005–2008|
|December To Dismember||2006|
|New Year's Revolution||2005–2007||This pay-per-view was removed because WWE decided to reduce the number of pay-per-views per year.|
|Cyber Sunday/Taboo Tuesday||2004–2008|
|Judgment Day||1998, 2000–2009|
|The Bash||The Great American Bash (2004–2008),|
The Bash (2009)
|Fatal 4-Way||2010||was set to make a return as a 2012 PPV but was scrapped by WWE.|
|Bragging Rights||2009–2010||was set to make a return as a 2012 PPV but was scrapped by WWE.|
|Capitol Punishment||2011||replaced by No Way Out in 2012.|
|Vengeance||2001–2007, 2011||replaced by Hell in a Cell in 2012.|
|Over The Limit||2010–2012||replaced by Battleground in 2013.|
|One Night Only||1997||N/A|
|No Mercy (UK)||1999||Despite being held in the UK, another PPV called "No Mercy" was held the same year in the U.S.|