WWE Making Major PLE Changes In 2023, More International Shows Planned

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Triple H has made many changes to the WWE landscape since taking over as Chief Content Officer in the wake of Vince McMahon’s retirement, and it looks like more changes are on the way when it comes to WWE’s Premium Live Event structure.

Some fans have criticized the company for exploiting certain match types when it comes to some yearly events. For instance, many faithful viewers would prefer the Hell in a Cell match to be saved for feuds that need the match type to serve as an epic conclusion, and not for it to be used every year when the Hell in a Cell Premium Live Events comes around. WWE is often forced to shoehorn HIAC matches into feuds around the time of the event, leaving the demonic structure less appealing and meaningful to some fans.

It looks like these fans may be getting their wish, as according to Bryan Alvarez in a report to his Super Followers on Twitter, WWE is planning to focus on more international shows going forward as well as reducing the number of gimmick-related Premium Live Events. It remains to be seen how this change will affect shows like Hell in a Cell and Extreme Rules, and whether those match types will be integrated back into Premium Live Events throughout the year instead of having shows dedicated to them.

Alvarez also confirmed prior reports that WWE Day 1 has been scrapped.

WWE Held Premium Live Events In Saudia Arabia And Wales Prior To This Announcement

The sports entertainment giant has already set the stage for international Premium Live Events with shows in multiple nations across the world. September 3rd’s Clash at the Castle took place in Cardiff, Wales to a huge reception from the UK fans. Most hoped that Drew McIntyre would finally reign as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion coming out of the event, but he was unable to defeat longtime champion Roman Reigns in a match that featured interference from Austin Theory as well as the main roster debut of Solo Sikoa.

The company also has a long-standing relationship with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, holding multiple events there every year. At the upcoming WWE Crown Jewel Premium Live Event on November 9th, Roman Reigns is set to defend his championship against YouTube star Logan Paul, who signed a contract with the company back in June.