WWE shows during WrestleMania week will look a little differently in 2024.
In the first week of April 2024, WWE will head to Philadelphia for WrestleMania 40. The spectacular itself will take place across April 6th and 7th, but as usual will include SmackDown, Raw, the Hall of Fame ceremony, and NXT Stand & Deliver.
Interestingly, there will be changes to SmackDown on the eve of the show, and the famous ‘Raw after WrestleMania.’ Reporting in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer wrote that neither show will include a stage, as the company looks to cram as many fans as possible into the venue.
“WWE has made the decision to not use a stage for the WrestleMania week Raw and Smackdown shows at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.
The feeling is that with all the tourists in town and the brand being hot that they will be able to sell more tickets and drive more revenue (plus it saves on arena costs).
Basically with the new ownership it’s about maximizing revenue and lowering costs, and both buildings will be set up for 18,553 tickets instead of about 13,000 which would normally be the case.”
WWE Makes Changes To Survivor Series
The move shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise as WWE recently removed the stage for Survivor Series, again in an effort to open up more seating.
Survivor Series is set to come live from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, and will likely feature the return to the ring of Randy Orton. Despite significant speculation online, most recent reports have suggested CM Punk will not be returning to WWE at the event.