Originally scheduled to take place in Boston, SummerSlam will now emanate on August 23, 2020, from a location yet to be announced by WWE.
Since Royal Rumble, WWE has been holding audience-less pay-per-views due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. As such, their weekly shows lack the punch and feel, and the PPVs are a mixed bag. However, all that could change now that Vince McMahon is planning something special for The Biggest Party Of Summer.
On Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez noted that WWE is brewing something unique for SummerSlam this year. The Chairman of Board is reportedly opting for a special presentation for the grand event.
“I know this, okay? I know Vince wants something wacky for SummerSlam. I know that’s probably the wrong word, but he doesn’t want it to be just another SummerSlam in an empty arena with fans wearing masks. He wants to do something different whatever that is.”
According to Mike Johnson of PW Insider, WWE is planning to hold SummerSlam at an outdoor venue, for instance, a beach. The company could also hold the event on a boat, similar to Chris Jericho’s Rock N Wrestling Rager At Sea. It’s unknown whether the outdoor setting would allow fans to attend the show.
If WWE does plan to hold SummerSlam on a boat, then the Florida weather must be taken into consideration as well. The weather in Florida is extremely unpredictable, especially during the end of August.
Ringside News reports that WWE is also considering the possibility of holding SummerSlam at Rhode Island, South Dakota, and Puerto Rico. As of now, everyone “down the food chain” is coming across many different “backup plans” as Vince McMahon continues to craft his perfect plan for SummerSlam.
For what it’s worth, WrestleMania and Extreme Rules took place at an audience-less Performance Center and this makes it all the more evident for WWE to blow some horns for SummerSlam.