Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer says the location for SummerSlam could have been decided by WWE although no official announcement has been made.
In a discussion about All Elite Wrestling heading back on the road from this July, Meltzer told Bryan Alvarez that he has heard of a possible location for the event that is very near and dear to WWE hearts.
Dave Meltzer stated:
“I’ve heard maybe Madison Square Garden. Oh I shouldn’t have said that, anyway. […] It may not be but it was under consideration. It’s not like it’s been announced or anything.”
Recent reports also state that the date for SummerSlam has been decided by WWE. With ‘The Biggest Party of the Summer’ due to take place on Sunday, August 22nd, 2021.
Earlier reports have suggested that SummerSlam could mark a return to the road for the company as the world emerges from the global pandemic. Only WrestleMania has seen fans attend a WWE show since the shutdown in March 2020. Most of WWE’s output has been held within the WWE ThunderDome.
If SummerSlam is to return to WWE’s spiritual home of Madison Square Garden, then it will be the fourth time the event has been held there. The inaugural SummerSlam in 1988 was held in the Garden where fans witnessed The Mega Powers defeat The Mega Bucks.
New York saw the event return three years later in 1991 where Hulk Hogan teamed with The Ultimate Warrior to defeat Sgt. Slaughter, Gen. Adnan, and Col. Mustafa. The last time the event graced the Garden’s hallowed halls was in 1998. The main event that year saw Stone Cold Steve Austin walk the highway to hell and defeat The Undertaker to retain his WWF Title.
From 2015 to 2018 SummerSlam was held in New York but at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Each of those occasions saw Brock Lesnar in the main event where his record was 2-2, losing to both The Undertaker and Roman Reigns.