Back in March WWE had to put on a two night Wrestlemania event at the Performance Centre due to the Coronavirus situation. Despite it being a pretty good show that included two cinematic matches, the show was slightly hampered by the fact there were no live fans. With Wrestlemania usually having the rowdiest crowds of all wrestling shows, it was slightly off putting.
Last week’s Money in the Bank event was no different. Although no live show meant WWE could have that awesome ladder match going right through corporate headquarters it was still very strange that all matches were competed without a fan present.
It has emerged that Vince McMahon does not want a no-fans show for SummerSlam, WWE’s second-biggest pay-per-view of the year, and he is “determined” to welcome fans back to the big show this year.
Dave Meltzer reported in the latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, that Vince is “determined” to have a live crowd at this year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view, which is currently scheduled for August 22:
“Vince McMahon is determined to have a live crowd for this year’s SummerSlam. Right now it is scheduled for August but if waiting until September is the only way to have the show in front of a live crowd, the thought is he would make that move but it is not a move decided on and he hasn’t outright committed to it.”
As noted by Meltzer, Vince is so determined to have fans at SummerSlam this year that he and WWE are considering moving the show to later on in the year (possibly September), when fans may be allowed back into shows. SummerSlam in Fall might be slightly unusual, will they stick with the same event name?
As always, these are ongoing issues, we will keep you up to date with any changes as they are announced