SummerSlam Expected To Set WWE Record In Terms Of Attendance

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The 2023 iteration of SummerSlam is set to be the most attended in WWE history.

As reported in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, 43,500 tickets have been sold for the Premium Live Event on August 5th, with 48,173 tickets distributed. The event could be on course to be the largest non-WrestleMania gate in North American history.

Speaking on the quarterly investors call, WWE CEO Nick Khan is optimistic regarding the ticket sales, predicting the event to be a sellout. With Ford Field in Detroit having a capacity of approximately 60,000 for a wrestling setup, the sellout would be a gimmicked one and not legitimate, due to a large section of the stadium not being made suitable for use as a result of the large staging area.

WrestleMania 23 was also hosted in the same venue back in 2007, with the company announcing that the total attendance for the biggest show of the year was 80,103 when in reality the actual audience was 74,687.

On the same investors call Khan was asked about the media rights negotiations for Raw and SmackDown, which are up for renewal in 2024. Khan has told the shareholders that he is optimistic regarding the discussions that are taking place.

Which Match Will Main Event WWE SummerSlam

Eight matches have been announced for the upcoming PLE, with no more set to be added as the company is very conscious of the overall runtime of the event. Although WWE like to promote the show as having multiple main events, only one match can close the show. With the star power and stakes of the match, it is likely that the Tribal Combat match between Roman Reigns and Jey Uso will be the final match, as both the Universal Championship and the right to be The Tribal Chief are at stake.

Logan Paul and Ricochet’s viral encounter is expected to open the show so that Paul can fly out to Dallas to watch his brother compete against Nate Diaz.