WWE SummerSlam will reportedly be used as a kick off event to “return to touring.”
In addition, the summer spectacular may also be moved up the calendar away from its usual mid-to-late August date. Wrestle Votes note that there are three or four locations in contention to host the pay-per-view, although there is reportedly one clear favourite.
The news come off the back of a report which said that WWE were aiming to hold SummerSlam in front of a live crowd.
WWE recently held WrestleMania 37 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida in front of 51,350 across the two night event.
WWE is looking to have SummerSlam be the official kickoff as a “return to touring.” With that said, if things work out a certain way, the PPV might be even earlier than usual this year. I’ve heard 3 to 4 locations are on the table, with 1 having better odds than the others 😉
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) May 7, 2021
The new report from Wrestle Votes appears to corroborate an earlier report from Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer. Writing on April 30th, Meltzer said that WWE talent had been told to expect to return to the road in August, with the caveat that the date may be as early as late July.
The report also notes that the date could be moved up based on what AEW do.
It may also be pertinent to note that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has said that he will be “issuing an executive order to outlaw all local COVID-19 emergency mandates in the state effective July 1.”
Interestingly the report from CBS News also highlights that other areas of the US are also looking to follow suit. Adding, that New York City expects to return to full capacity on July 1st. While Rochelle Walensky Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that July 1st is a reasonable target “for essentially returning to normal.” Although this is dependent on vaccination rates and case numbers continuing to fall.
Should New York and other jurisdictions lift COVID restrictions it could potentially open the door for WWE to move from Florida, where they have been based for over a year.