WWE Open Letter: Please Stop Hosting SummerSlam in Los Angeles
Let me preface this article by saying I was born and raised in Los Angeles and will be in attendance at this year's SummerSlam.
That being said, I am becoming somewhat annoyed that my hometown has been hosting this event for what will be the third year in a row.
Here are some pros to having SummerSlam in L.A. every year:
—a virtually guaranteed sellout crowd that always brings good energy
—the second largest city in the U.S. is hosting the second most important WWE event on a continual basis
—summer (and good weather) is synonymous with Los Angeles
—a good chance to see some celebrity cameos
Now here are the reasons why I oppose having SummerSlam in Los Angeles every year...
It means no other PPVs will be hosted in L.A.
By having SummerSlam in L.A. every year, it means that the Royal Rumble, Extreme Rules, Elimination Chamber, or Money in the Bank will never be in L.A. This is simply not acceptable.
Look, I love SummerSlam, but in reality, it's just a bunch of standard matches. We are being denied gimmick matches that make watching WWE that much more entertaining!
It denies worthy cities one of the big three PPVs (Survivor Series doesn't count)
As exemplified by stellar crowds during Money in the Bank and the following Raw, there are some cities that would LOVE to have SummerSlam! If I'm in charge of booking PPVs, Chicago and Green Bay are shooting up my list of places to host a major show.
Look, I think Los Angeles should get a major PPV once a year, but that doesn't mean it has to be the same one! I realize we get pretty good weather over here, but last time I checked, the show occurs in an air-conditioned arena regardless of location.
Unless the event is held outdoors, weather and city image shouldn't determine where SummerSlam is hosted.
It means we won't have a WrestleMania!
Realistically, this means The Undertaker won't wrestle another meaningful match in Los Angeles! He hasn't been in the previous two SummerSlam's (besides a cameo in last years event), and in all likelihood, he won't be appearing at this year's SummerSlam.
L.A. will never host both SummerSlam AND WrestleMania, so it's pretty easy to see that we Los Angelino's are being denied The Deadman for the rest of his career (if he's not already retired)! Is WWE really going to deny one of its strongest fanbases such an iconic legend? Heck, we haven't seen him wrestle an important match since 2005 when he beat Randy Orton at WrestleMania over six years ago!
My solution to this is a lottery system. They can make it similar to the WWE Draft, except they are attributing PPVs to cities instead.
Larger cities like Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, etc., can get "automatic bids" to major PPVs like the big three, Money in the Bank, and Survivor Series, while other cities vie for the leftovers. This will add a degree of randomness to the PPV schedule which would make things more interesting.
While I am definitely biting the hand that feeds me, I am also trying to suggest a win-win situation for all involved. A lottery system is the answer. That being said, enjoy SummerSlam and have a nice weekend!
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