WWE formally announced last week that it had canceled the SummerSlam live event scheduled to take place in Boston on Aug. 23 and stream live on WWE Network. The show itself isn’t canceled, but Boston mayor Marty Walsh made it clear that events with crowds would not be permitted in his city (smart move) due to COVID-19 so WWE was forced to change course.
However, one key element missing in WWE’s announcement was a new venue for SummerSlam. Most figured WWE would announce that the show would be taking place at the WWE Performance Center in Florida, where the company has been taping all of its shows since the COVID outbreak began in March. But WWE simply said that the event would go on as scheduled and further details on a venue would be forthcoming.
WWE actually had several events planned around SummerSlam in Boston, holding court in TD Garden for the entire weekend, with SmackDown starting the festivities on Friday, followed by NXT Takeover on Saturday, SummerSlam on Sunday and then RAW on Monday to close out the four-day residency inside the venue.
Earlier this week WWE did announce intentions to run an NXT Takeover show around when SummerSlam will take place later next month, but there was no indication whether or not the shows will run from the same venue.