WWE has announced that SummerSlam weekend will return to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a fourth straight year in 2018.
SummerSlam 2017 is just days away, but WWE already has one eye on next year's biggest event of the summer. For the fourth year in a row Vince McMahon and his roster of talented Superstars will return to the Barclays Center for not only SummerSlam but all of the events that surround it which WWE have aptly dubbed "SummerSlam week," much like they do with WrestleMania each year.
This week in WWE is all about the build to SummerSlam, and an announcement by the company that the pay-per-view will take place in Brooklyn once again next year is very much a part of that. Vince McMahon is doing an extremely good job in going about making SummerSlam the second biggest event in WWE's calendar after WrestleMania, and generating interest in the pay-per-view a year ahead of time will only add to that.
In typical WWE fashion, they gave a major publication the opportunity to break the news, smart as it will reach more than just pro wrestling fans' eyes. It was the New York Post who did the honors, with WWE making the announcement themselves shortly after via their Twitter account.
While WWE is very much akin to a traveling circus, they continue to take SummerSlam back to the same building year on year. Before that, they did the same as Los Angeles' Staples Center hosted the pay-per-view for six straight years. Presumably, it will also mean a fourth straight NXT Takeover in Brooklyn on the Saturday night prior to SummerSlam. Brooklyn has effectively become NXT's home away from home, and their annual show in New York is the biggest of the brand's year.
Keeping SummerSlam week in the same place year after year is no accident, and clearly holding the event in New York continues to be a huge success for WWE. Not all fans have been left happy by the news, however, particularly those in LA. Californian fans had become accustomed to being SummerSlam's host city after being treated to six in a row, now for a fourth straight year, they'll have to travel across the country if they want to experience it live.