Mar 12, 2024 - Sports

WWE SummerSlam coming to Cleveland Browns Stadium in 2024

WWE's Roman Reigns and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

WWE's Roman Reigns and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Photo: Louis Grasse/PXimages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

WWE announced Tuesday that one of its biggest annual events, SummerSlam, will take place on Aug. 3 at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Why it matters: Professional wrestling is on a hot streak as evidenced by WWE's recent $5 billion streaming deal with Netflix and next month's WrestleMania 40, which will feature Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's first match since 2016.

The intrigue: Johnson joined the board of WWE's parent company TKO Group in January and could appear at multiple WWE events this year, including SummerSlam.

  • The Aug. 3 event also fits with the timeline of superstar CM Punk's return from shoulder surgery.

Zoom in: Rumors of SummerSlam taking place in Cleveland heated up last month after the Ohio Department of Development awarded WWE $1.6 million in TV and film production tax credits for an unspecified project.

  • In addition to SummerSlam, WWE will host events in Cleveland throughout the week, including SmackDown at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Aug. 2.

By the numbers: Last year's SummerSlam generated $8.5 million from nearly 60,000 people at the gate at Detroit's Ford Field and drew 2 million viewers on Peacock.

  • Both figures were records for a WWE non-WrestleMania event until the 2024 Royal Rumble eclipsed them in January.

What's next: WWE said it will announce ticket information in the coming months.

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