WWE SummerSlam 2021 Timings to Suffer Due to Manny Pacquiao Fight

Published 06/07/2021, 9:15 AM EDT


WWE Universe is excited for SummerSlam 2021 as it will be the first WWE PPV at full capacity since Extreme Rules 2020. Not just that, but WWE is also pulling out all the stops to make sure SummerSlam really lives up to its nickname this year as the ‘Biggest Party of the Summer.’

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However, while one would guess WWE having a stacked card and a long PPV in store, that is not the case. In fact, WWE is planning to run SummerSlam 2021 for only three hours. The same duration as an episode of Monday Night Raw. But why?

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WWE SummerSlam 2021 will not be a long PPV

According to Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE has been asked to finish SummerSlam early to allow fans to reach the Manny Pacquiao-Errol Spence Jr. fight.

For those unaware, SummerSlam is head-to-head with the Boxing PPV. But, the main event between Pacquiao and Spence will not start until after midnight. This would allow fans to easily make it to MGM Grand Arena for the fight from the Allegiant Stadium. It’s a short 2-mile drive.

NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 23: Seth Rollins celebrates his victory over John Cena at the WWE SummerSlam 2015 at Barclays Center of Brooklyn on August 23, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by JP Yim/Getty Images)

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However, these requests mean WWE will only run the PPV for three hours. The official starting time is listed as 8 PM Eastern. Although WWE usually starts PPVs at 7 PM Eastern with a pre-show.

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Even if SummerSlam runs for four hours including the pre-show, it wouldn’t be much of an issue. Why? Well, if the card and matches are strong. If WWE decides to put throwaway feuds and matches together then it wouldn’t work. However, the rumored John Cena vs Roman Reigns would be an exception considering the number of tickets it would sell.


It is believed over 70,000 members of the WWE Universe will be present at SummerSlam. And if is going to be that huge of a crowd, then the PPV has to be top-notch. And we’re sure WWE will try to pull out all the stops, just like they did to fix the venue amid the craze for the Pacquiao-Spence fight.

Do you think SummerSlam running for shorter time than usual will affect the quality of the show in anyway? Let us know in the comments below!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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