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WWE considering Atlantic City for SummerSlam location


On the post-Raw edition of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer said that WWE is considering holding this month's SummerSlam in Atlantic City, New Jersey, despite the show being less than three weeks away.

Meltzer said that Vince McMahon wants to be out of Florida and to give a different look for one of his biggest shows of the year. Meltzer said McMahon "really wants fans" in attendance as well. It's unknown whether NXT TakeOver would be part of the move as well.

However, there are some logistical hurdles to clear before that could happen, especially with having any fans in attendance. As of Monday, state mandates are that If the show was indoors, attendance would be limited to a maximum of 25 people and if it was outdoors, it would be 500 people but only if social distancing was observed. State governor Phil Murphy reduced the indoor number to 25 from 100 in the last few days due to an uptick in COVID-19 cases.

There is also the question of transporting talent and personnel to the state.

On the 2020 Q1 investors call held in April, McMahon said the company had several backup states in place in case Florida wasn't an option but didn't say whether New Jersey was one of them.

If it happens, it would be the fourth SummerSlam in state history and the first since 2007. Ironically, that show also had Randy Orton challenging for the WWE Championship.

SummerSlam weekend was originally scheduled for Boston, MA, but had to be moved due to the city not allowing mass gatherings until after Labor Day.