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You have heard the old saying about the only guarantees in life being death and taxes? Well, you can add WWE pay-per-view events to that list, as Vince McMahon and company are going to continue producing big shows until the end of time, or WWE Network on Peacock runs out of space on its servers, whichever comes first. But, in all seriousness, there is nothing that can stop the biggest wrestling promotion in the world from putting on a show (just look at the company’s output since the start of 2020) and this year doesn’t look to be any different, with a slate of upcoming WWE events.
WrestleMania 37 is nothing but a distant memory, and the road to next year’s Showcase of the Immortals (April 3, 2022, in the great state of Texas) isn’t quite built yet, there is still plenty to look forward these next 12 months including SummerSlam 2021, Money in the Bank, and the 2022 Royal Rumble, to name a few. So, crack open a couple of Steveweisers, take your vitamins, and cut a slice of The Rock’s pie because we’ve got a long road ahead of us.
NXT TakeOver: In Your House - June 13, 2021
Between 1995 and 1999, WWE (then-WWF) put on a total of 28 In Your House events that took place on the months that didn’t feature one of the “Big Four” (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series, Royal Rumble). Following a break of more than 20 years, the company brought back the show in June 2020, but instead of featuring superstars from the Raw and SmackDown brands, In Your House became party of the NXT TakeOver series of events.
WWE will continue with that model in 2021 when the company hosts NXT TakeOver: In Your House live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida on June 13, though no matches have been held at this time.
Hell In A Cell - June 20, 2021
WWE Hell in a Cell has been has traditionally taken place every October since it was introduced in 2009 except for the 2018 edition, which was held in September that year. In 2021, WWE will be hosting the iconic event even earlier when Hell in a Cell airs live Sunday, June 20 from the WWE ThunderDome at Yuengling Center in Tampa, Florida.
And while this may appear to be a major deviation from the path WWE traditionally takes with the more horror-centric vibe of the show, one of my most memorable moments from the Hell in a Cell match’s history took place in June: the 1998 edition of the King of the Ring where The Undertaker threw Mankind off the enclosed structure, creating a career-defining moment for both wrestlers.
Money In The Bank - July 18, 2021 (Rumored)
Ever since its inception in 2010, Money in the Bank has become one of the most popular shows on the WWE calendar. With multiple “Money in the Bank” matches being held each year, male and female competitors are given a shot at securing the briefcase containing a title opportunity of their choosing hanging high above the ring. Outside of the “Money in the Bank” ladder matches, each year also features a number of high-profile and marquee matches, with the most notable being the 2011 event which saw CM Punk (in the middle of his historic “Summer of Punk” run) defeat John Cena to capture the WWE Championship in front of hometown crowd in Chicago.
It has not been confirmed by WWE at this point in time, but in May 2021, Wrestling Observer’s Andrew Zarian tweeted (via Fightful) that Money in the Bank will be reportedly be held July 18 in front of a live crowd.
NXT TakeOver - August 2021
Starting with NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August 2015, the Black and Gold brand has had its biggest show of the summer on the eve of SummerSlam, more times than not becoming better received than the show the following the night. Previous years have seen the debut of 2021 WWE Hall of Fame inductee Jushin Thunder Liger, a show-stealing match between Sasha Banks and Bayley for the NXT Women’s Championship, and Adam Cole take on former NFL punter and current SmackDown commentator Pat McAfee. That tradition will surely continue this year.
No date or location has been provided for this year’s pre-SummerSlam NXT TakeOver event but if the show’s history of taking place the second or third week of August is any indication, we should see something similar this year.
SummerSlam - August 2021
One of the original “Big Four” WWE events, SummerSlam is held each August, and if anything could be described as a mini-WrestleMania, this is it. Over the course of its 33-year history, WWE’s end of the summer jam has given wrestling fans iconic moments like The British Bulldog defeating Bret Hart in front of a packed Wembley Stadium, Stephen Amell making his WWE debut, and Brock Lesnar mopping the floor with John Cena in front of a shocked crowd.
Surely, WWE will want to do something similar to WrestleMania for SummerSlam this year and have a live crowd for only the second time in more than a year. With reports of the WWE’s residency at the Yuengling Center coming to an end on August 3, we could see the big summer event held in an open-air stadium somewhere.
Clash Of Champions - September 2021
The Clash of Champions event debuted in September 2016 as a replacement for the similarly named Night of Champions, which held that spot going back to 2007. As the name suggests, the annual event largely consists of championship matches, though only one edition (2019) in the past four years has featured all of WWE’s titles up for grabs.
The exact date for the 2021 Clash of Champions has yet to be revealed, but expect to hear more in the coming months.
Survivor Series - November 2021
Another one of the original “Big Four,” Survivor Series typically takes place the Sunday before Thanksgiving, although the first few iterations were all held the night before the big November holiday. Traditionally consisting of multi-man (and multi-women) tag-team elimination matches, the annual event has given fans some of the biggest moments in WWE history, like the 1990 debut of The Undertaker. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of his on-screen debut, WWE held a retirement ceremony for The Undertaker at the 2020 event.
With Thanksgiving falling on Thursday, November 25 this year, there’s a good chance we’ll see Survivor Series elimination action just a few days earlier on November 22, though this is not yet confirmed.
TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs - December 2021
The final spot on WWE’s calendar each year has been held the by their TLC: Tables, Ladders And Chairs event (save for 2017, which saw it take place in October). Established in 2009, following nearly a decade of the TLC match giving WWE fans some of the biggest moments of the 2000s (the TLC tag-team matches from the early 2000s are all must-see TV), the event traditionally features a mix of table (one opponent must put the other through a table to win), ladder, and chair matches, as well as a combination of the three.
The 2021 TLC: Tables, Ladder And Chairs event does not yet have a date set, but like the other shows in the latter part of the year, expect to hear more soon.
Extreme Rules - 2021
The Extreme Rules event was first introduced in 2009 and typically features a mix of traditional matches and more extreme contests like No DQ, Last Man Standing, and other variants. The 2020 event, which was the first entry in its history to be held behind closed doors, took on the name The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, where Rey Mysterio lost an eye and Seth Rollins lost his lunch. No exact date for the 2021 event has been announced at this time.
Royal Rumble - January 2022
Getting things started in 2022 will be the annual Royal Rumble event. Following the 2021 contest, which saw Edge and Bianca Belair win the men’s and women’s matches, respectively, in the WWE Thunder Dome, there’s a good chance we’ll see next year’s 30-man (and 30-women) battle royal take place in front of fans again, at least we hope so. If that does end up being the case, expect to see WWE go all out for one of the biggest shows of the year and probably the most-watched of the “Big Four” behind only WrestleMania.
The Royal Rumble is typically held near the end of January each year, with it taking place the weekend between the NFC/AFC Championship games and the Super Bowl. That break won’t be until the first week of February 2022, however, so don’t expect to see WWE holding off until then.
WrestleMania 38 - April 3, 2022
The 2022 Road to WrestleMania will lead to the Showcase of the Immortals at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on April 3, 2022. When the superstars of the WWE and tens of thousands of wrestling fans descend upon the home of the Dallas Cowboys next April it will be nearly five years to the day of the last WrestleMania held at the massive stadium with the nickname “Jerry’s World” in honor of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
There is still a lot of wrestling between now and then, but expect to learn more about the card and if WWE plans on having any additional two-day WrestleManias in the near future.
WrestleMania 39 - April 2, 2023
On April 2, 2023, WrestleMania 39 will be held at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, California, the original home of WrestleMania 37 before it was moved to Tampa, Florida, amid the pandemic. We’re still way off from the 2023 event, but we’ll get there in due time.
Recent WWE PPV Events
Below is a list of all of the recently aired WWE PPV events and how you can watch replays of all the in-ring action.
WrestleMania Backlash - May 16, 2021
Up until 2021, WrestleMania Backlash was simply known as Backlash (I guess WWE wanted to get the most out of this year’s pirate-themed WrestleMania branding). From the inception of this pay-per-view event in 1999 and until 2009, Backlash was the post-Mania event, featuring a number of rematches from the Granddaddy of Them All. The same can be said for Backlash this year, which featured a number of marquee rematches when it aired Sunday, May 16.
Just as is the case with every wrestling show ever put on (like the one time I was supposed to see Ric Flair wrestle, only for the Nature Boy to be replaced by Sid Vicious) the card is subject to change, and with so many events on the WWE calendar this next year, expect a lot of changes and updates along the way. A lot of these contests, especially WrestleMania 38 and 39 are a long way off, but there are plenty of new and returning shows to check out on CinemaBlend’s 2021 Summer TV schedule to hold you over.