WWE has reached a multiyear agreement with the Barclays Center and NYC & Company that will keep the legendary SummerSlam pay-per-view at Brooklyn’s famous arena for at least next year and the year after. WWE announced the deal on its official website, which also mentioned that NXT Takeover and Monday Night Raw would also return to Brooklyn under terms of the deal.
The announcement comes just over a month after what was truly an epic weekend for the company. SummerSlam weekend kicked off with NXT Takeover on Saturday night, in which stars of WWE’s developmental brand performed in front of a raucous crowd. Fan favorite Bayley successfully defeated Sasha Banks to become the NXT Women’s Champion, while Finn Balor also defended his NXT Championship against current WWE Intercontinental Champion Kevin Owens in a ladder match.
The following night was SummerSlam itself, and Jon Stewart did a great job hosting the show on top of getting involved in a Match-of-the-Year quality fight between John Cena and Seth Rollins, hitting Cena with a steel chair and setting up Rollins to win Cena’s United States Championship. TV star Steven Amell, of the show Arrow, also appeared in a tag team match and did quite well. Highlighting the evening was Brock Lesnar and seemingly ageless wonder The Undertaker facing off against one another, and that match’s controversial ending will see both men settling the feud once and for all inside Hell in a Cell at next month’s pay-per-view of the same name.
At Monday Night Raw the next evening, fans got to see the return of the legendary tag team The Dudley Boyz as well as the return of former WCW star Sting, who challenged Rollins for his WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
New York City officials further commented on the agreement.
“We are thrilled to build on the success of the 2015 SummerSlam and welcome WWE back to Brooklyn in 2016 and 2017. Big events like SummerSlam help cement New York City’s appeal as a dynamic, high-energy destination,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We’re thankful for WWE’s commitment to Brooklyn, and look forward to a long partnership that benefits the City.”
“We’re excited to be hosting WWE SummerSlam for the next two years,” said Brett Yormark, CEO of Barclays Center. “We had an incredible experience this past August and are looking forward to continuing our partnership with WWE and NYC & Company.”
WWE also released a statement on top of the announcement.
“Barclays Center, NYC & Company and the City of New York have been incredible partners to WWE, and we are pleased that SummerSlam Week will once again take over New York City in August of 2016 and 2017,” said John P. Saboor, WWE Executive Vice President, Special Events. “We look forward to building on the success of this year’s event to take SummerSlam Week to even greater heights.”
Needless to say, August cannot come soon enough!
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