SummerSlam is one of the WWE’s original “Big Four” pay-per-view events. It started in August, 1988, when the event took place at Madison Square Garden. Many consider SummerSlam to be the second biggest pay-per-view of the year, as only Wrestlemania draws a bigger crowd or more attention. And while this event is no longer at MSG, it isn’t too far away. SummerSlam 2017 will take place on Sunday, Aug. 20, and it’ll be located at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Barclays has hosted the event since 2015, and there is no better place to take in the action.
Birth of the WWE Universal Championship
SummerSlam 2016 featured the first ever WWE Universal Championship Match, as Seth Rollins and Finn Bálor battled it out for the belt in that one. The match was as intense as could be, as each wrestler gave everything he had in order to take home the belt. Bálor ended up winning the match, kicking out of Rollins’ signature “Pedigree” at the last second and then coming back to ultimately finish Rollins off with a “Coup de Grace” off the top rope. The match was a representation of how far each of those fighters has come, as both of them earned their stripes in the NXT Division. Bálor also happened to make history in that fight, as he became the first ever wrestler to win a championship match in his PPV debut.
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When do WWE SummerSlam tickets go on sale?
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Where does WWE SummerSlam take place?
WWE SummerSlam takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
When does WWE SummerSlam take place?
This year, WWE SummerSlam takes place on August 20, 2017.
SummerSlam 2016 Recap
The Universal Championship Match was one of many exciting matches last year, as the fans in attendance and millions of viewers worldwide also got to see gems like John Cena vs. A.J. Styles, Dean Ambrose vs. Dolph Ziggler for the WWE Championship, and Brock Lesnar vs. Randy Orton in the PPV’s Main Event.
The Cena/Styles match was absolutely epic, and many consider it to be one of the best matches in the history of the WWE. Styles came out of that match with the win, but it was far from easy. Styles endured two of Cena’s “Attitude Adjustments” in that match, with one of those coming from off the top rope. He also was able to get out of Cena’s “STF” as well. As for Styles’ offense, The Phenomenal One put on a clinic in that match. Styles hit Cena with an “Attitude Adjustment” of his own, and he also delivered two “Phenomenal Elbows” and two “Styles Clashes” as well. Cena is one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history, but even he couldn’t handle an arsenal of moves like that.
The Ambrose/Ziggler match wasn’t quite as good as that one, but that doesn’t mean that it was disappointing. The match ended with Ambrose getting out of Ziggler’s attempt at a superplex off the top rope. The two of them eventually ended up on the mat, and Ambrose hit Ziggler with his signature “Dirty Deeds.” That would do it for the match, as Ambrose pinned him and retained his WWE Championship.
And then there was the Main Event between Randy Orton and Brock Lesnar. Lesnar opened up this fight in dominant fashion, as he took Orton to “Suplex City.” Lesnar German suplexed Orton six times in a row before the match went outside the ring. That’s where Lesnar would throw Orton through an announcer’s table. Lesnar then brought Orton back into the ring and hit him with a seventh German suplex. Orton could do nothing but roll out of the ring, but Lesnar followed him and put him on an announcer’s table once again. Just when it looked like Lesnar was going to put Orton through yet another table, Orton jumped up and hit Lesnar with an “RKO” from out of nowhere. The two of them went back into the ring, where Orton hit Lesnar with a double spike DDT. The match looked to be turning, and Orton went for a second “RKO” to beat Lesnar. The Beast Incarnate was having none of that, though. He countered Orton’s second “RKO” and hit The Viper with his signature F-5. The match then ended unlike any other match in the history of wrestling. After Orton kicked out of the F-5, Lesnar pounded him with a series of hammer punches. The refs needed to end the fight, as Orton had lost consciousness and was covered in blood. It very much resembled an MMA fight, which is no surprise considering Lesnar is a former UFC champion.