May 8, 2024 - Sports

WWE SummerSlam will show off what Cleveland is all about

Two WWE wrestlers raise belts.

R-Truth and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin raise the belts at WrestleMania. Photo: Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

When SummerSlam comes to town on Aug. 3, expect it to be driven by Cleveland-born stars.

Why it matters: WWE's show at Cleveland Browns Stadium will be the biggest wrestling event to ever take place in Northeast Ohio, expected to draw more than 60,000 people.

Driving the news: Tickets went on sale this week, ranging from $90 to over $8,000 for seats closest to the ring.

The intrigue: This year's event is likely to feature Northeast Ohio natives and current WWE superstars Johnny Gargano, Logan Paul and Mike "The Miz" Mizanin.

  • "Everyone is excited," Mizanin tells Axios.
  • "Talking to Logan, talking to Johnny, when you're from Cleveland, you're proud to be from here. I got my work ethic from Cleveland."

Flashback: Mizanin grew up in Parma, attended Normandy High School and spent summers working at Abercrombie & Fitch in SouthPark Mall.

By the numbers: Mizanin has won more than 20 WWE titles during his career and is currently half of the World Tag Team Champions with superstar R-Truth.

Yes, but: He says performing at Cleveland Browns Stadium will top anything he's accomplished in wrestling, including headlining WrestleMania XXVII in 2011.

  • "You always want to be in your own backyard," Mizanin says.
  • "This is the place where I grew up and still call home. Cleveland is always in my heart and on my mind."

What he's watching: After SummerSlam, Mizanin has his sights set on something even bigger.

The bottom line: "Being in an outdoor stadium in a city like Cleveland is going to be second to none," Mizanin says.

  • "Cleveland has such an immense fanbase. People are going to travel to our city and see what we're all about."
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