WWE has officially announced the date and venue for WWE SummerSlam, confirming long-gestating rumors that the event would take place on a Saturday in Las Vegas. August 21st is the date, and Allegiant Stadium is the venue. The script: well, it will be torn up moments before the show and rewritten by Vince McMahon.
It's a great choice of cities, especially because it's where two of WWE's top executives, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, were married.
From a WWE press release:
STAMFORD, Conn., June 5, 2021 – WWE today announced that SummerSlam will take place from Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, August 21 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium.
Located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip, Allegiant Stadium is a state-of-the-art global events destination and home to the Las Vegas Raiders. SummerSlam will be one of the first sporting events held at full capacity at Allegiant Stadium with tickets on sale Friday, June 18. Fans interested in an exclusive SummerSlam presale opportunity can register at www.summerslam.com/presale.
WWE President and chief rival of AEW's Tony Khan, Nick Khan, said of the decision:
Coming out of the pandemic, it was important to us to have a big event like SummerSlam in Las Vegas. We expect to deliver a great night of sports-entertainment for the people of the city and a boost in foot traffic for the casinos and local businesses.
Marc Badain, President of NFL football team The Raiders, who normally play at the stadium:
The Raiders are thrilled to join WWE in hosting SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium in August. WWE is a leader in global entertainment, and to host one of its signature events in the Sports and Entertainment Capital of the World is a perfect fit. The Raiders look forward to SummerSlam and a full schedule of events and entertainment to come at Allegiant Stadium.
And Steve Hill, President and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, said:
We couldn't be more excited to host SummerSlam for the very first time and welcome WWE, its Superstars and the WWE Universe to Las Vegas this August. Live entertainment and sporting events are returning to the destination in a big way, and SummerSlam is the perfect addition to the Las Vegas summer calendar.
Now, all WWE has to do is make it to August 21st without firing all of their wrestlers, or without selling the company to Disney. It won't be easy, but it can be done.