With The Undertaker taking on Brock Lesnar and a host of other rumored matches being on the card for SummerSlam, it looks as if WWE may end up needing some more time. Rumor has it that WrestleMania won’t be the only pay-per-view with extended time this year as SummerSlam could end up being four hours long.
Pro-Wrestling is reporting that WWE has decided to add an extra hour onto this year’s pay-per-view and make it four hours. That does not include the half-hour kickoff show which always precedes each big event.
Sky Italia WWE broadcaster Luca Franchini was said to be the first one to officially announce the news. He said on Facebook that WWE informed Sky Italia about the time change so that they could clear some room for the extra hour of content.
This means that SummerSlam will officially start at 7 p.m. EST instead of the normal 8 p.m. EST time. Now, this has not yet been officially announced or confirmed by WWE so nothing is concrete until that happens.
It really should come as no surprise that WWE is thinking of adding an hour to SummerSlam as it’s looking like a huge event. One match is set and that’s Undertaker/Lesnar, but there are plenty of others being rumored.
The following matches are rumored, but not yet announced by WWE:
- WWE Title: Seth Rollins (c) vs. U.S. champion John Cena
- WWE Tag Titles: Prime Time Players (c) vs. The New Day vs.???
- Intercontinental Title: Ryback (c) vs. Big Show
- Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro
- Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev or Ziggler & Lana vs. Rusev & Summer Rae
- Team Bella vs. Team BAD vs. Team Paige or Divas Title — Nikki Bella (c) vs. Sasha Banks vs. Charlotte
- Sting, Roman Reigns, and Dean Ambrose vs. The Wyatt Family
Again, those are all rumors at this point and a lot is still riding on certain things happening such as Sting returning to television, Dolph Ziggler finishing up on his movie, and more. Let’s not forget that the Wyatt Family would still need to find a third member for that six-man tag too.
If WWE were to add an extra hour to SummerSlam, there would likely need to be eight-10 matches on the card. Any normal PPV usually has seven, and as of now, WrestleZone states that the event is still scheduled to be at three hours.
SummerSlam is already shaping up to be one of the biggest wrestling events of the year, and that is whether it is expanded to four hours or not. One great match is set and the other rumored matches are all looking great.
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