A couple of days ago a rumor began to surface that WWE was considering an expansion of the SummerSlam PPV beyond the typical 3-hour format. Today the WWE issued a press release confirming the news, revealing that the show will be 4-hours in length. SummerSlam will take place on Sunday, August 23rd from the Barclays Center in Brookly, NY. The show will begin at 7pm, which is normally when the PPV Kickoff pre-show begins. The sold out event will be headlined by Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker, a rematch of their classic showdown at WrestleMania XXX.
No other matches have been firmed up for SummerSlam, but it’s expected that John Cena will face WWE World Champion Seth Rollins in some capacity. Assuming he is healthy Ryback may defend his Intercontinental Title against Big Show and The Miz; the Prime Time Players will likely defend their World Tag Team championships against the New Day; and Roman Reigns could finally get his hands on Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family.
Confirmed to attend events for the big SummerSlam weekend are legends Shawn Michaels and Sting, while rumors continue to swirl that both men could have a role in the actual PPV.
Here is the WWE’s official press release:
WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that SummerSlam will expand from a three-hour show to a four-hour telecast live on WWE Network and now begin at 7pm ET on Sunday, August 23. SummerSlam joins WWE’s annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania®, as the only two events with four hours of live non-stop action.
Emanating live from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, SummerSlam will feature WWE Superstars Undertaker® and Brock Lesnar® in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s undefeated streak. In addition, WWE Network will also air a one-hour live SummerSlam Kick-Off Show starting at 6pm ET.
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