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This is a chronological list of pay-per-views promoted by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). WWE holds one pay-per-view event per month, except for the month of October where there are two. With the exception of Wrestlemania, each event is three hours long. Pay-per-view events are a big part of the revenue stream for WWE.


It is a commonly held misconception that the first WWE, then known as the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), pay-per-view was November 1985's The Wrestling Classic, a tournament held at the Rosemont Horizonmarker near Chicagomarker, but the first WrestleMania event, in March of the same year, was available on pay-per-view in some markets. The first two WrestleManias were financial successes, and after WrestleMania III became a popular event in wrestling history, the WWF then decided to expand their pay-per-view offerings.

The first Survivor Series event occurred on November 29, 1987, scheduled to conflict with NWA's Starrcade. 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 Gardenmarker in August 1988. 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 until 1993, when the WWF started the King of the Ring in June. In May, 1995, the WWF began offering pay-per-views in the months that did not already have one. Initially, the WWF used the In Your House brand, but beginning in 1996 began using other names to complement the In Your House name (such as Bad Blood and No Way Out), to avoid confusion. Until recently, World Wrestling Entertainment had a once-a-month pay-per-view schedule, which they had from the late '90s until 2003 totaling twelve a year. In 2004 they offered a 13th pay-per-view, and in 2005 they offered 14 PPV's, 2006 had 16, and 2007 had 14. In 2008, they ended New Year's Revolution, bringing the number of pay-per-views back to 14. The pay-per-view events in the United States are offered by In Demand, Dish Network or DirecTV.

The WWE ran two yearly pay-per-views which were exclusive to the UK up to 2003, but after the brand extension occurred they were removed in favor of international tours, with a TV taping included. Currently, 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 and Irelandmarker, some pay-per-views are shown on Sky Sports 1 and others on Sky Box Office. Starting with the 2008 Royal Rumble, all WWE pay-per-views are broadcast in North America in High-definition, with similar HD broadcasts starting in the United Kingdom and Ireland from WrestleMania XXIV.

Chronological list of active events

The following is a list of the current, active titles for events scheduled by WWE.
Month: Name: First held: Previous name(s):
January Royal Rumble 1988 -
February Elimination Chamber 2010 No Way Out of Texas: In Your House (1998),

No Way Out (2000-2009)
March/April WrestleMania 1985 -
April Backlash 1999 Backlash: In Your House (1999)
May Extreme Rules 2005 ECW One Night Stand (2005-2006),

WWE One Night Stand (2007-2008)
June The Bash 2004 The Great American Bash (2004-2008; under WWE)
August SummerSlam 1988 -
September Night of Champions 2001 Vengeance (2001-2006),

Vengeance: Night of Champions (2007)
October Hell in a Cell 2009
Bragging Rights 2009
November Survivor Series 1987 -
December [|TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2009

Brand extension

In June 2003, WWE announced to continue with their brand extension and make their pay-per-view events each exclusive to a particular brand (Raw, SmackDown!, and in 2006, ECW). The only exceptions to the pay-per-view split were the "Big Four" events (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam and Survivor Series) which remained inclusive of all WWE brands. The pay-per-view split allowed WWE to eventually add more events to their pay-per-view line-up. From late 2005, pay-per-views would start to frequently have inter-branded matches. In March 2007, it was announced that pay-per-view events would go back to the old format, where the events would all be tri-branded, with the last uni-branded event being No Way Out and the first tri-branded event being Backlash (after WrestleMania 23). The brand-exclusive events were:

Pay-per-view Brand Years Notes
New Year's Revolution Raw 2005–2007
Backlash Raw 2004–2006
Bad Blood Raw 2003–2004
Vengeance Raw 2004–2006 In 2003, Vengeance was a SmackDown!-exclusive event.
Unforgiven Raw 2003–2006
Cyber Sunday Raw 2004–2006 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! 2004–2007
Judgment Day SmackDown! 2004–2006
The Great American Bash SmackDown! 2004–2006
No Mercy SmackDown! 2003–2006
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
Fully Loaded 1998-2000
Invasion 2001
December to Dismember 2006 This was the only ECW exclusive pay-per-view.
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.
Over the Edge 1998–1999 Discontinued after the death of Owen Hart at the 1999 event.
Unforgiven 1998–2008
No Mercy 1999–2008
Cyber Sunday Taboo Tuesday (2004–2005),

Cyber Sunday (2006–2008)
Armageddon 1999–2000, 2002–2008
No Way Out 1998, 2000–2009

International pay-per-view events

Pay-per-view Year (s) Active Notes
One Night Only 1997 only The event took place in the UK in September of that year.
Capital Carnage 1998 only The event took place in the UK in December of that year.
No Mercy 1999 only The event took place in May of that year. Despite being held in the UK, another PPV called "No Mercy" was held the same year in the U.S.
Rebellion 1999–2002 The event took place in the UK in October between 1999-2002, November in 2001 and December in 2000.
Insurrextion 2000–2003 The event took place in the UK in May between 2000-2002 and June in 2003.

Upcoming pay-per-view schedule

Date Event Venue City
December 13, 2009 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs AT&T Centermarker San Antonio, Texasmarker
January 31, 2010 Royal Rumble Philips Arenamarker Atlanta, Georgiamarker
February 21, 2010 Elimination Chamber Scottrade Centermarker St. Louis, Missourimarker
March 28, 2010 WrestleMania XXVI University of Phoenix Stadiummarker Glendale, Arizonamarker
April 25, 2010 Backlash 1st Mariner Arenamarker Baltimore, Marylandmarker
May 23, 2010 Extreme Rules Oracle Arenamarker Oakland, Californiamarker
June 20, 2010 The Bash TBA TBA
July 18, 2010 TBA Sprint Centermarker Kansas City, Missourimarker
August 15, 2010 SummerSlam Staples Centermarker Los Angeles, Californiamarker
September 19, 2010 Night of Champions Allstate Arenamarker Rosemont, Illinoismarker
October 3, 2010 Hell in a Cell American Airlines Centermarker Dallas, Texasmarker
October 24, 2010 Bragging Rights Target Centermarker Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker
November 21, 2010 Survivor Series American Airlines Arenamarker Miami, Floridamarker
December 19, 2010 TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs Toyota Centermarker Houston, Texasmarker

Non-pay-per-view supercards

Supercard Year (s) Active Notes
Saturday Night's Main Event 1985–1992, 2006–2008 The show was revived in 2006.
WWE Tribute to the Troops 2003–present This is a non-PPV event from the Middle East started in 2003.
The Main Event 1988–1991 This was a spin-off of Saturday Night's Main Event.

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