WWE Discussing Major Changes To PLE Schedule Following WWE Draft

Triple H WWE Raw World Heavyweight Championship reveal

With news that WWE is bringing back the World Heavyweight Championship, major changes to the company’s programming could also be afoot.

On the April 24th episode of Monday Night Raw, Triple H made an appearance to a huge ovation from the Chicago crowd. He addressed the record-breaking title run of Roman Reigns, praising the Tribal Chief’s reign of nearly 1000 days. He also made mention of the fact that Reigns has negotiated a deal where he doesn’t have to defend his championship very often, and said that fans deserve better.

Therefore, following the WWE Draft that begins on April 28th, Reigns and the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship will remain on one brand, while a new World Heavyweight Champion will be the top star of the brand that Reigns isn’t on. The new champion is set to be crowned at Night of Champions in Saudi Arabia on May 27th. Triple H unveiled the new title belt, an homage to the previous Big Gold Belt with WWE‘s logo emblazoned in the middle.

The revelation comes after it was reported in March that Triple H had approved a new title belt. Previous reports indicated that he was not a fan of the Universal Championship design and was looking to replace it with a design similar to the previous World Heavyweight Championship that was heavily tied to his run on Raw in the early 2000’s.

WWE Discussing Brand Exclusive PLE’s Following WWE Draft

According to a new report from WRKD Wrestling, the new World Heavyweight Championship might not be the only change coming to WWE in coming months. The report notes that those within the company have discussed bringing back brand exclusive PLE’s once the dust from the Draft has settled.

“One format discussed after the announcement of the draft and the introduction of the new World Heavyweight championship on #WWERaw is the idea of potential brand exclusive premium live monthly events.”

The last time the sports entertainment giant made the decision to have Raw and SmackDown exclusive shows (then known as PPV’s, now called premium live events) was following the 2016 edition of the WWE Draft. On that occasion, the company added seven new PPV’s to their schedule, though it remains to be seen if the company would add events to its current PLE schedule or whether the existing shows would be assigned to certain brands.

WWE’s next PLE takes place on May 6th when the company heads to Puerto Rico for Backlash. Bad Bunny was originally scheduled to serve as host of the event, but on last night’s edition of Raw, he challenged former partner Damian Priest to a one-on-one street fight.