The plan for SummerSlam is still up in the air.
WWE originally wanted to hold the show – one of their ‘Big Four’ pay-per-views – in Boston, but that may not be possible.
Mayor Marty Walsh has stated that large-scale events like parades and festivals will not take place in the city this summer due to the coronavirus outbreak.
With SummerSlam scheduled for Sunday, 23rd August, it seems highly unlikely the show can air from the TD Garden.
Instead, WWE will be forced to make alternate arrangements.
Exactly what the company will do is unknown, but according to Dave Meltzer of WOR, Vince McMahon is ‘determined’ to have a live crowd there.
There’s a chance that large-scale events with an audience will be allowed in Boston come September and it’s noted that McMahon would be open to postponing until then.
“[The] thought is he would make that move but it is not a move decided on and he hasn’t outright committed to it,” Meltzer said.
He also explained that Vince is the one who will make the final decision on SummerSlam, but he’s a man who changes his mind constantly.
Meltzer added that the WWE boss sees the coronavirus pandemic as ‘something inconvenient’ due to it getting in the way of his vision and plans.
We feel the same way, Vince.
Given how the COVID-19 situation is developing, SummerSlam could go either way.
There’s a chance Mayor Walsh will lift restrictions in Boston by September, but there’s also a possibility WWE will be forced to run another show behind-closed-doors.
The Performance Center has hosted matches for WrestleMania and Money in the Bank, as well as weekly SmackDown, RAW and NXT shows.
It’s evident that McMahon doesn’t want to host another PPV there and clearly wants to bring back a live audience, but he may not have a choice.
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