Since the beginning of the Coronavirus pandemic, WWE have been forced to hold all their episodes and pay per view events at their Performance centre, even WrestleMania. For the safety of fans and wrestlers, no paying member of the public have been able to be in attendance.
It has been widely reported that WWE management have wanted to stall SummerSlam until they can move away from the Performance Centre and get into an arena or stadium with paying fans.
With lots of speculation regarding the location of SummerSlam, and the event drawing closer, the company have had to decide as to where it will be held.
PWInsider have reported that SummerSlam will take place on August 23rd and it will have to be held at the Performance Centre, just like every pay per view event since the Elimination Chamber back in March.
While an official announcement has not yet been made, World Wrestling Entertainment will hold the 2020 Summerslam PPV from the Performance Center on Sunday 8/23.
WWE was slated to hold four events – Friday Night Smackdown, NXT Takeover: Boston, Summerslam 2020 and Monday Night Raw from Friday 8/21 through Monday 8/24 at Boston’s TDGarden Arena originally, but the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent those plans.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced in May that the city would not allow any large gatherings in the city through the end of the summer.
Summerslam is considered WWE’s second biggest event of the year. This would mark the first time it is not held inside an arena or stadium.
WWE have tried their hardest to get this moved and they even wanted to hold shows in front of paying customers by the end of this month, but with the recent array of positive COVID-19 tests this will not be possible.
The report does not specifically say that there will be no paying fans in attendance, but with the recent health issues within the PC, surely it is unlikely.