In a year like 2020 it’s no surprise to hear of events being cancelled, postponed, and moved around, but this one still might come as a disappointment to Bostonian wrestling fans. According to a statement posted on WWE’s website, SummerSlam 2020, scheduled for August 23, will no longer be held in Boston.
“In coordination with our local partners, government officials, and TD Garden, WWE’s SummerSlam and related events will no longer take place in Boston,” the statement on the website reads. “Refunds are available at the original point of purchase. We are grateful to the city of Boston for their longstanding partnership and look forward to holding WWE events at TD Garden in the future.”
Under Boston’s re-opening plan, large-scale indoor events like SumerSlam aren’t allowed to take place until phase 4 of re-opening, which isn’t likely to trigger until a COVID-19 vaccine or effective treatment becomes available. The city is in phase 3 as of early July.
The SummerSlam event will still stream on the WWE Network with no change to its original schedule, on Sunday August 23, at 7 PM ET. WWE is looking for a new location to hold the live event.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE recently added a free subscription tier to its network, offering a lot of its content to non-paying viewers for the first time.
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