A major change is reportedly set to be coming to WWE’s Raw and SmackDown shows over WrestleMania weekend next year.
WWE’s WrestleMania weekend has evolved beyond simply the event itself, with the show now spanning two nights, as well as SmackDown and Raw, and also NXT Stand & Deliver.
In years past, the SmackDown before and Raw after WrestleMania have featured the standard set for the show, but that is reportedly not set to be the case next year.
Per Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE has made the decision to not use a stage for the WrestleMania week episodes of Raw and SmackDown at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The feeling within the company is that, with all the tourists in town and the brand currently being hot, they will be able to sell more tickets and drive more revenue, on top of saving arena costs.
The idea with the company’s new ownership is about maximizing revenue, as well as lowering costs, and both buildings will be set up for 18,553 tickets instead of 13,000 as would usually be the case.
WWE recently announced that they will be hosting next year’s edition of the Backlash premium live event in France, the first major WWE PLE in France.
Today's big news from the Mania weekend combo pre-sale (including Smackdown/HoF, NXT, Raw) is that most of the arena will be used (no big stage), similar to Survivor Series.— WrestleTix (@WrestleTix) November 15, 2023
If every seat on this map is utilized (minus ~100 for the hard cam & a chunk of seats in the upper deck… pic.twitter.com/pV3pryhc0h
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