Thursday, August 8, 2019

News On Aleister Black Vs. Sami Zayn on Smackdown, Location for 2020 SummerSlam Revealed

News On Aleister Black Vs. Sami Zayn on Smackdown, Location for 2020 SummerSlam Revealed
- Dave Meltzer is reporting the reasoning behind why Aleister Black took on Sami Zayn on SmackDown instead of WWE SummerSlam like originally slated.

We noted before how Vince arrived to the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Tuesday and tore up the original script. After Vince made his re-writes, there was one hour of TV left to fill. That's when the decision was made to go ahead with Black's win over Zayn.

Zayn vs. Black had been expected for Sunday's WWE SummerSlam pay-per-view. There's no word yet on if there might be a rematch on Sunday in Toronto, but it seems unlikely.

- WWE announced to The Boston Globe that SummerSlam 2020 will be taking place in Boston.

"We are thrilled to bring WWE's biggest event of the summer to Boston in 2020," said WWE Executive VP of Special Events John P. Saboor. "We are grateful to Mayor Walsh, Governor Baker and our partners at TD Garden and look forward to working with them to welcome the world to one of America's great sports and entertainment cities."

With multiple events inside the TD Garden, WWE announced the following dates for SmackDown Live, NXT TakeOver, SummerSlam and Raw:

* Friday, Aug. 21 – SmackDown LIVE
* Saturday, Aug. 22 – NXT TakeOver
* Sunday, Aug. 23 – SummerSlam
* Monday, Aug. 24 – Monday Night Raw

This marks this first time Boston has hosted a SummerSlam since 2006, also inside the TD Garden.

"On behalf of the City of Boston, we are excited to once again host WWE SummerSlam at TD Garden," Mayor Martin J. Walsh stated. "SummerSlam attracts fans from all across the world, and we are excited to welcome them all to our city for this hallmark WWE event."

Since 2009, WWE has usually held SummerSlam in the same arenas for extended periods of time. From 2009-2014 SummerSlam was held in Los Angeles while from 2015-2018 it was held in Brooklyn. Saboor told The Boston Globe he is expecting about 50,000 fans from all over to participate in the festivities.

"SummerSlam week in Boston will provide a powerful opportunity to match one of the most iconic sports and entertainment events with one of the world's most beloved sports and entertainment cities," Saboor stated.

Ticket information and travel packages have not been announced yet.

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