WWE always comes with a packed schedule, throughout the year with Wrestlemania and Summerslam acting as the two biggest events. Royal Rumble and Survivor Series are the two other events to stack things up for the Big Four PPV schedule. These days, WWE had also increased doing international shows to garner more mainstream attention.
After wrapping things up in 2022, WWE will kick things off in 2023 in style with Royal Rumble in late January. Afterward, shows like Wrestlemania 39 and Elimination Chamber have already been confirmed Summerslam is one of WWE’s big–four pay-per-views that would return, next summer. But WWE is yet to officially announce the details of the show.
Going by the recent reports, it turns out that WWE is eyeing a famous city for next year’s biggest party of the summer. According to Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful, WWE is eyeing Detroit as the home of the 2023 edition of Summerslam. While the city was said to be the front-runner to be the host, the city is yet to be locked down as the host,
“Fightful Select has learned that a front-runner for the 2023 summer spectacular is Detroit, Michigan. Though we’ve not heard that anything is finalized. WWE sources have indicated that Detroit was being looked at to those the show in recent months.”
Summerslam 2023 projected to be held in Detroit
The report added that “WWE hasn’t been to the area for SummerSlam in quite some time. The last time was 1993 at the Palace of Auburn Hills, where the Detroit Pistons formerly played.” There are some alternate venues being speculated for the event Ford Field, Comerica Park, and Little Caesars Arena in the same city as we wait for an official statement.
As noted above, the first Summerslam to take place in Detroit was the 1993 edition where Lex Luger defeated Yokozuna by countout, in the main event that ultimately led to Bret Hart winning the WWE Championship from Yokozuna at WrestleMania 10. Detroit also hosted WrestleMania 3 in the Pontiac Silverdome, where Hulk Hogan featured in a legendary matchup against Andre the Giant.
While Summerslam never returned to the city, one of three major venues Detroit Lions’ Ford Field hosted WrestleMania 23 in 2007. Hosted by Donald Trump, that event saw John Cena main-eventing the show against Shawn Michaels.