On Monday, WWE announced via press release that the SummerSlam telecast will now be four hours long and will begin at 7 p.m. ET. Rumors had previously swirling that the company was considering expanding the event to four hours. Now we have confirmation!
This means that the top matches will have longer to play out and that the company will ostensibly have room for more matches, so it's likely that more storylines will be playing out on WWE television in the next few weeks.
The only confirmed match for SummerSlam thus far is the main event of Brock Lesnar vs. the Undertaker, but the rumored card includes a WWE World Heavyweight Championship match between Seth Rollins and John Cena, an Intercontinental Championship match between Ryback and Big Show, a WWE Tag Team Championship match between Prime Time Players and the New Day, a triple threat match between the warring Divas factions, Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro, Dolph Ziggler vs. Rusev and Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose (and possibly Sting) vs. the Wyatt Family. That's a lot of matches already and it still leaves players like Randy Orton and Sheamus with nothing to do for the time being.
The full press release from WWE:
STAMFORD, Conn., July 27, 2015 - WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced today that SummerSlam will expand from a three-hour show to a four-hour telecast live on WWE Network and now begin at 7pm ET on Sunday, August 23. SummerSlam joins WWE's annual pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania®, as the only two events with four hours of live non-stop action.
Emanating live from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, SummerSlam will feature WWE Superstars Undertaker® and Brock Lesnar® in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker's undefeated streak. In addition, WWE Network will also air a one-hour live SummerSlam Kick-Off Show starting at 6pm ET.
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