For the past couple of years, any time WWE has one of their “big four” pay-per-view events, it means they are going to spend at least four days in a particular city in order to hold a NXT TakeOver event, a major PPV, Raw and Smackdown in four consecutive nights. They’ve adopted that strategy as a way to make it a destination trip for fans from out of town. People can drive or fly to one city, stay in the same hotel for a few nights and catch more than one WWE event if they prefer. It’s a smart strategy for WWE. This weekend’s Survivor Series heads to Houston for four nights of WWE action, if you need an immediate example.
Next year’s Survivor Series will also take place in a major America city because WWE announced today that Survivor Series 2018 four day extravaganza will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Here’s how the schedule will look:
NXT TakeOver on November 17, 2018
Survivor Series on November 18, 2018
Raw on November 19, 2018
Smackdown Live on November 20, 2018
If you want tickets to any of those events, WWE says that “additional details about these events, including ticket on sale information and travel packages, will be announced in early 2018.”
I think it’s a great move by WWE to put Survivor Series in Los Angeles next year. It’s the second biggest market in the United States after New York City and WWE already has SummerSlam 2018 announced for Brooklyn in the NYC area, so that means two of the “big four” are in major markets.
The Staples Center in Los Angeles played host to SummerSlam from 2009 to 2014. That six year run ended in 2015 when the event was moved to Brooklyn, which will hold SummerSlam for the fourth year in a row next year. The reason it moved in 2015 is because WrestleMania 31 took place in Santa Clara, California and WWE felt like they shouldn’t have two major PPVs in California. I’m sure fans in LA are happy with this Survivor Series news because they got used to SummerSlam shows there, so Survivor Series is a nice way to make it up to them.
If you’re wondering about a WrestleMania in Los Angeles, it may happen in 2021. The L.A. Rams are building a new state of the art stadium and once it’s ready to go reportedly by summer 2020, WWE will likely hold a WrestleMania there as soon as they can.