WWE SummerSlam Potentially Returning To Major US City For First Time In 30 Years

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WWE SummerSlam has formed part of WWE’s ‘big four’ pay-per-views since 1988. The first event under the SummerSlam banner was held on August 29th of that year and was headlined by a huge tag team clash between the Mega Powers and the Mega Bucks.

Although there is Survivor Series, the Royal Rumble and WrestleMania 39 all before the next edition of the summer spectacular, plans for the event are already underway.

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In fact it has been reported by Fightful Select that Detroit is in pole position to host the event next summer. Although there has been no official confirmation as yet, the report notes that Detroit has been looked at closely in recent months.

The last time that Detroit, Michigan hosted SummerSlam was back in 1993 when the event was held at the Palace of Auburn Hills, the former home of the Detroit Pistons. The report adds that potential venues include Ford Field, Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers and Little Caesers Arena, current home of the Detroit Pistons.

It’s worth noting that for the last two years the event has been held at a stadium rather than an arena.

The last time that WWE SummerSlam headed to Detroit the show was main evented by the somewhat infamous clash between Lex Luger and WWF Champion Yokozuna. The rivalry between the pair began a month before as Luger body slammed Yokozuna on the USS Intrepid. At SummerSlam, Luger won via count out, which meant that his giant rival retained the title.

The show went off their air with the bizarre scene of Luger celebrating with a number of babyface stars as ticker tape fell from the ceiling, even though he wasn’t the champion.

SummerSlam 2022 took place in Nashville, Tennessee and was headlined by the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship Last Man Standing Match between Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar. Despite Lesnar tipping the ring over with a tractor, it was Reigns who retained the gold.