[Report] Backstage Details On Why WWE Is Running SummerSlam On A Saturday
For the first time ever, the WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view will take place on a Saturday as opposed to the traditional Sunday.
On Friday, WWE.com announced that SummerSlam 2021 will be held on Saturday, Aug. 21. WWE is reportedly considering six NFL stadiums for the event; the location will be revealed on June 5 during the Belmont Stakes pre-show on NBC. The company also announced the remaining dates and venues for the 25-city tour that will run from July 16 to Labor Day on Sept. 6.
On Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer (h/t Andrew Ravens of WrestlingNews.co) provided some insight as to why WWE decided on a Saturday for this year’s SummerSlam event. The date was reportedly requested by Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.
This is one of the six venues in the running to host SummerSlam, but Meltzer explained that Las Vegas isn’t a lock to host the event. It’s also important to note that the Manny Pacquiao-Errol Spence Jr. boxing match will take place in Las Vegas on the same night.
It was previously reported that SummerSlam would run on Aug. 22, and multiple reports have stated that the event will indeed take place in Las Vegas. At any rate, we’ll learn of the city and venue in just seven days.
Last year’s SummerSlam pay-per-view was held at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. It was the first WWE pay-per-view to feature the ThunderDome technology.
An Unprecedented SummerSlam Event
As previously noted, this will mark the very first SummerSlam event to take place on a Saturday. And if the event is held at Allegiant Stadium, this will be the first SummerSlam show to run in Nevada. The state last hosted a WWE pay-per-view three years ago — Elimination Chamber 2018 at T-Mobile Arena. Needless to say, this will be a SummerSlam event like no other, regardless of the venue and city.