We may be coming to the end of the year, but there are still plenty of exciting WWE events to come before 2021 draws to a close. After that, it’ll be time to start thinking about Wrestlemania — the most wonderful date on the calendar for any wrestling fan.
These days WWE runs more than one special event per month on top of their many hours of regular programming throughout the week. Although the arrival of the Network has streamlined things considerably, you can be forgiven if you still find it difficult to keep track of each stand-alone show.
That’s why we’ve compiled an easy-to-follow guide to all the WWE events you need to know about in the coming months. Let’s dive in.
WWE PPVs – Key Dates
Below are some of the key WWE PPV dates you need to mark down in your diary.
A wildly popular PPV back in WCW’s heyday, WWE’s NXT brand revived Halloween Havoc recently. It goes without saying you can expect some spooky surprises throughout the night — and there is no better place to get odds for the action and bet on sports generally than 888 Sport.
Headlining this one is NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, who is defending his belt against Bron Breakker in a singles bout. The Women’s title is on the line too. Champion Raquel Gonzalez is taking on Mandy Rose in a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal Match.
Lower down the card, MSK are facing Imperium for the Men’s Tag Titles, while Io Shirai And Zoey Stark are defending the women’s equivalent in a triple threat ladder match. Nice!
WWE’s annual tribute to the armed forces is set to air on Sunday 14 November, after being filmed after the October 15 taping of Smackdown.
The brainchild of former WWE Champion and announcer JBL, Tribute to the Troops first began in 2003. The inaugural event took place in Camp Victory in Baghdad, Iraq, which was an active war zone at the time.
Since then, the company’s performers have continued to pay tribute to the armed forces by putting on a show.
Next up on the agenda after Tribute to the Troops is in the pocket is Survivor Series. Historically considered one of the company’s Big Four PPVs (alongside Summerslam, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania), it originally featured entirely elimination, multi-person tag-team matches.
With each pinfall and submission, a team loses a member, until only one team remains. These days, this style of match is still on offer, but there are plenty of other interesting stipulations to get excited about too.
The 2021 Survivor Series will take place at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York — in what is guaranteed to be a raucous atmosphere.
For the first team ever, WWE will be hosting a pay-per-view on New Year’s Day. It’s name? WWE Day 1. Catchy, we like it.
As a result of Day 1’s arrival, the company opted to cancel TLC, which traditionally takes place shortly before Christmas. Keep your eyes peeled to the WWE website for further announcements on this mysterious new event.
Four weeks after Day 1 is the Royal Rumble. Generally considered the biggest event of the year, aside from Wrestlemania itself, the showpiece match is always the Royal Rumble itself.
Here 30 combatants try to avoid being thrown over the top rope. The last wrestler standing gets to headline Wrestlemania.
The 2021 Royal Rumble was won by Edge, who entered the match first. This year, the match will be taking place in St Louis, Missouri at The Dome.
As happens every year the next stop on the road to Wrestlemania is the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. The match that gives the PPV its name sees six combatants begin in chain-link pods, which open one by one.
Full details on the start time, location and entrants to the main event will be made available closer to the time.
After all of that, we will then finally be ready for the event of the year: WrestleMania 38. After a stripped-back event in 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, WWE are dialing things up to the max for ‘Mania 38.
It is taking place at the AT&T Centre in Arlington, Texas on 3 April 2022 — the same arena in which an attendance record was set for WrestleMania 32.
The event will feature talent from the Raw and Smackdown brands, and likely some appearances from your favorite NXT roster members too.