In the past, WWE would reveal its entire live event calendar at once, but those days are long gone. Now, the company unveils details about its upcoming events one by one, usually a few months prior to the scheduled dates. The notable exception to this is WWE WrestleMania, often confirmed more than a year in advance.
As we proceed into the second half of 2023, WWE is getting ready to conclude its final premium live events of the year, including the last of the "big five." According to a press release, WWE Survivor Series is set to return this fall.
The showdown is scheduled for Saturday, November 25th, at the Allstate Arena in Chicago. This isn't the first time that the multi-man tag-based event will be hosted in this particular venue, as the Allstate Arena had the privilege of hosting the WWE Survivor Series back in 2019.
There's more action in store at the Allstate Arena as WWE plans to double down by also hosting an episode of WWE SmackDown the night before the Survivor Series. This approach mirrors the strategy used for earlier premium live events this year, such as WWE Backlash in Puerto Rico and WWE Money in the Bank in London.
War Games Noticeably Absent
However, the recent announcement did not make any mention of the War Games. In the previous year, the War Games stipulation was included in WWE Survivor Series and was even used in the event's subtitle.
During the WWE Survivor Series 2022 press conference, Paul "Triple H" Levesque, WWE's Chief Content Officer, addressed this absence. Responding to a question from ComicBook.com's Liam Crowley, Triple H acknowledged the possibility of War Games becoming a mobile stipulation, not strictly bound to WWE Survivor Series.
Triple H shared, "It's still up in the air. We're considering it regularly." He addressed the challenge of dedicating self-titled premium live events to stipulation matches. The incongruity of instigating an Elimination Chamber or Money in the Bank match, for instance, was highlighted.
He explained, "We need to re-evaluate this. We have to observe the overall calendar and determine the best place and way to entertain our fans. We must consider what makes the most sense sequentially."