SummerSlam 2018 lasted four hours last year, but fans better drink lots of coffee if they want to make it through the whole show this year.
According to Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), SummerSlam 2019 - set to take place at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto - is going to last much longer. Meltzer suggests that the first match will take place around 5:30 p.m. EST - and the show could go on for five and a half to six hours - possibly til about midnight.
WrestleMania 35 went on for over seven hours this year, but with WWE stacking the card for it's biggest show of the year, that was understandable. But it's quite surprising that WWE is planning to make SummerSlam a super long event this year, especially when they're not stacking up the mach card like they did for WrestleMania.
Up to this point, there are only six matches on the card - and the show is only two months away. The only confirmed matches up to this point are Seth Rollins vs. Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship, Finn Balor vs. Bray Wyatt, Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon, Kofi Kinston vs. Randy Orton for the WWE Championship, Bayley vs. Ember Moon for the SmackDown Women's Championship and Becky Lynch vs. Natalya for the Raw Women's Championship.
Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Radio recently reported that the Rollins-Lesnar match will go on longer this time around, rather than a short "five minute match." Assuming it's the main event bout, we can easily expect the match to last around 20 to 30 minutes.
What This Means
It's anybody's guess how WWE will be able to put on a quality five and half to six-hour show here. There are only six matches confirmed, and they have little time to build up more bouts that will be added to the card. If WWE plans on running a five or six-hour show, they better make it worthwhile.