The city of Detroit is being considered the host city for WWE SummerSlam 2023 according to a recent report.
For the last two years, WWE has decided to make SummerSlam a stadium show with the 2021 event headlined by Roman Reigns and John Cena taking at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, which is the home of the NFL’s Raiders. Earlier this year, the first-ever July SummerSlam event took place at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, which is where the NFL’s Tennessee Titans play. That show was headlined by Roman Reigns beating John Cena in a Last Man Standing match thanks to some help from The Usos.
There is another major American city that WWE has in mind to host SummerSlam in 2023: Detroit, Michigan.
A new report from Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful Select has noted that Detroit is the frontrunner for SummerSlam while noting that it has not been finalized. The report states that Detroit has been looked at as a potential SummerSlam host in recent months.
It was also reported by Fightful that WWE would have a number of options for venues if they chose the Motor City. They could go with Ford Field, which is a major stadium where the Detroit Lions play and was the home of WrestleMania 23 in 2007. Ford Field is a dome with a roof on it. They could also go with Comerica Park as an outdoor venue, which is the home of the Detroit Tigers. Another option could be Little Caesars Arena, which is the home of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons and NHL’s Detroit Red Wings. That’s the newest of the three main options.
Since the last two SummerSlam events were in NFL stadiums, that would likely make Ford Field the potential since WWE would probably feel confident that they could sell a lot of tickets there. The report did not say if it would be another July SummerSlam event or if it would go back to August.
The last time Detroit hosted a SummerSlam event was in 1993 when Lex Luger beat Yokozuna via countout in the main event for Yokozuna’s WWE Championship. Despite not winning the title, Luger still celebrated the countout win in a major way. That event was held in the Palace of Auburn Hills, which is where the NBA’s Detroit Pistons used to play.
The Fightful story also noted that since nothing is finalized, this plan could change.