As noted, WWE recently announced that Raw and SmackDown Live will no longer have disdainful pay-per-views following WrestleMania, and Backlash is being promoted as a initial non-Big Four eventuality that will embark these changes. WWE also motionless to dump dual pay-per-views off a line-up, after already shortening a series of events from final year.
Over a past few months, SmackDown Live gifted several times where a ratings took a vital hit. For instance, a Oct 31 part of SmackDown Live had a towering 21% dump from a prior week, going from 2.699 million viewers to 2.119. The go-home uncover forsaken from a prior week, garnering 2.580 million viewers, and it forsaken even serve for a post-Royal Rumble show.
A design was posted that showed a throng assemblage of SmackDown Live. In further to one side of a locus being scarcely empty, a pic also showed a vast territory that was tarped off.
— Wrestle News Daily (@thewrestledaily) February 21, 2018
The disastrous trend continues, as final week’s part of SmackDown Live drew 2,449,000 viewers, that was down 56K from a prior week that drew 2,505,000.
The tip matches for a Fastlane eventuality on Mar 11 in Columbus, Ohio is a five-way compare for a WWE Championship pitting AJ Styles fortifying opposite Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin. The leader of this compare will face Royal Rumble leader Shinsuke Nakamura during WrestleMania. Shane McMahon also announced on SmackDown Live that United States Champion Bobby Roode will urge opposite Randy Orton.