WWE made an announcement that there were six NFL stadiums in the running to host SummerSlam. That came during a time when reports were out that Las Vegas’ Allegiant Stadium would host the biggest party of the summer. The company wanted to keep that news suppressed so they could announce it themselves. That is not what happened this time as so many fans already knew about their SummerSlam plans.
During the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast, Andrew Zarian spoke about how WWE planned out SummerSlam and how they ended up in Las Vegas. The issue was at the time when WWE was booking the biggest party of the summer, there weren’t a lot of options yet.
“The guys in Vegas really wanted this event, I could tell you that. I know Nick [Khan] was a big part of this with the Cardi B thing, he wants to make her a host and make it a spectacle, which I agree with.”
“This is my theory and I’m going to lay it out here. I know internally there were a lot of conversations about Vegas and at one point it was possible that they said ‘we’re not going to do Vegas’ after they said they were going to do it. Was it a complete change of venues situation? I don’t believe it got to that point that I know of. From all the indicators and everything said to me, I truly believe it was always going to be Vegas and they are a PR machine and they didn’t want this spoiled. They put out that story two Fridays ago that there are six venues to pick from.”
Zarian also said that he has a “very good friend at MetLife Stadium.” His friend apparently told him that he would “crap his pants it if were true” that the venue was in the running for SummerSlam. That would mean that nobody was telling him anything about their goings-on at that point.
Obviously, WWE tried to cover up the story that Las Vegas is SummerSlam’s location. This was a decision they made long before there was a huge boxing match going on across town as well. They wanted to make that announcement early, but word got out as it tends to do.
Transcription by Ringside News