WWE has not confirmed a date for SummerSlam yet, but Sunday August 22nd seems to be off the table. This could present a pretty big scheduling conflict for some fans.
It was reported in the Sports Business Journal that “The weekend of Aug. 21-22 is under consideration.” Brad Shepard reported on May 21st that Saturday, August 21st was under consideration.
Manny Pacquiao’s return to boxing was announced on May 21st for that same August date as well. That might not change WWE’s plans for August 21st. WWE wouldn’t have the biggest ticket in town against Pacquiao vs Spence Jr.
Andrew Zarian tweeted out today to report that “I can confirm that SummerSlam will take place at Allegiant Stadium.” This was followed by a report from Wrestle Votes saying, “The rumors of SummerSlam from Las Vegas taking place outside of a Sunday are correct according to a source. Hearing that internally the show is listed for Saturday night 8/21.”
Wrestle Votes later tweeted out to say that the August 21st SummerSlam date is “provisional” due to the Manny Pacquiao fight.
Update: 8/21 is currently “provisional” according to a source. Pacquiao fight wasn’t official until 5/21, no updates since on document being circulated. 8/22 & Sat 8/7 shown as “holds”. WWE’s preference is SAT. However being honest, I’m not entirely sure where it stand as of now.
Andrew Zarian then followed that up with a bit more clarification: “I have been told that its 8/21 but they were both very surprised and even told me “It could be an internal error of dates” This morning I was told by someone in Vegas that it happening 8/21.”
It seems that WWE might have picked a date in Las Vegas on the same night as a huge boxing event. We will have to see how that changes the attendance figures for the biggest party of the summer, but WWE might be banking on a destination event to fill up Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium.
Is it a good move for WWE to hold SummerSlam on the same night as such a huge fight? Sound off in the comments!