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By Mike Johnson on 2020-08-13 13:48:00

As reported yesterday, WWE has dropped plans to attempt to stage at least portions of Summerslam in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  There had been a pitch, at one point, to try and tape content on a beach or a cruise ship.   Internally, WWE is now planning to stage the show in Orlando, Florida but not at the WWE Performance Center.  WWE is planning to broadcast the show from The Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  WWE is also circling the Amway Arena for regular tapings going forward, a potential move from the WWE Performance Center for a much, obviously larger facility that would allow far more for the company in terms of staging, production, etc. can also confirm that WWE is, for the first time, toying with using virtual fans as a possibility for future broadcasts, including Summerslam.  WWE broadcast partner FOX has been using virtual fans for their Major League Baseball broadcasts.  There are no plans to sell tickets to fans for Summerslam.

Expected to be added to Summerslam's lineup is Jeff Hardy challenging WWE Intercontinental Champion AJ Styles.  That was the direction planned for the Smackdown episode that was slated to be taped last week but was canceled.  That episode is being taped today at the WWE Performance Center.

FOX will be airing a two-hour special to promote WWE's 2020 Summerslam PPV on Saturday 8/22.  WWE Summerslam's Hottest Moments will air in the New York City market from 4-6 PM.  The special may air in other timeslots depending on the market, so check your local listings.  The special will feature highlights from the history of WWE's annual August PPV, which debuted in 1988.

Currently announced for the 8/23 2020 Summerslam PPV:

*WWE Champion Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton.

*WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman vs. Bray Wyatt.

*WWE Raw Women's Champion Sasha Banks vs. Asuka.

*WWE Raw Tag Team Champions The Street Profits vs. Andrade & Angel Garza.

*WWE United States Champion Apollo Crews vs. MVP

*Dominik Mysterio vs. Seth Rollins - Singapore Cane and Weapons Legal.

*WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Bayley vs. 8/14 Smackdown Battle Royal Winner.

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