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WWE breaks from tradition after 36 years with major changes to SummerSlam event-Alistair McGeorge-Entertainment – Metro

This is a huge change.

WWE breaks from tradition after 36 years with major changes to SummerSlam event-Alistair McGeorge-Entertainment – Metro

WWE is taking SummerSlam to another level (Picture: WWE/Craig Ambrosio)

WWE has confirmed a major change for SummerSlam in a surprise announcement for the iconic premium live event.

The location has been unveiled for the 2026 edition of the longrunning annual event, which first took place in 1986 and has gone onto become a stadium staple in the summer months.

Now, the company has confirmed SummerSlam is following in the example of WrestleMania and will be transformed into a huge two night showcase featuring the biggest superstars from Raw and SmackDown.

The show is heading to US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 1 and 2, 2026, after the city missed out on hosting next year’s WrestleMania 41 event, which is heading to Las Vegas.

‘U.S. Bank Stadium is an absolutely world-class venue, situated in a city with rich wrestling history and an amazing fan base,’ said Chris Legentil, WWE EVP, Talent Relations & Head of Communications.

‘We’re excited to bring two nights of SummerSlam to Minneapolis in 2026.’

And Michael Vekich, Chair of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, added: ‘U.S. Bank Stadium is honored to host WWE’s SummerSlam on Minnesota’s biggest stage in 2026.

‘We look forward to providing a warm welcome and best-in-class experience at U.S. Bank Stadium for WWE Superstars, staff, fans, and guests.’

The first event SummerSlam in August 1988 took place at Madison Square Garden, and was headlined by Hulk Hogan and ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage battling Andre The Giant and Ted Dibiase.

WrestleMania is already a two night extravaganza (Picture: WWE)

Last year’s edition in Detroit, Michigan saw Roman Reigns defeat Jey Uso for the Undisputed WWE Universal Title in a chaotic main event.

On August 3, 2024, the event is heading to the Cleveland Browns Stadium in Ohio, with United States Champion Logan Paul expected to feature heavily.

After moving to two nights behind closed doors due to the pandemic in 2020, WrestleMania has continued to be a full weekend affair, and now WWE has taken the plunge with another of its legendary shows.

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