WWE Summerslam 2011: Will This Be the Last Summerslam in WWE History?

Cec Van GaliniAnalyst IIIAugust 14, 2011

As the wrestling world wakes up on the eve of one of the biggest events of the year, I cannot help but think how indifferent I am to it all. SummerSlam is one of the traditional "big four" and yet I was considerably more excited about last month's Money in the Bank.

The question is thus, does the WWE still focus on its premier events or are they destined to fade into obscurity with all tradition lost?

For those that doubt that the WWE would consider such a step, fast forward to November and the annual Survivor Series.

Traditionally the final event of the year, it has now become obsolete, with many in WWE creatively seeking its end. This despite the fact that it is one of the most popular events with historical moments such as the Rock's debut, the Montreal Screw Job and of course the Undertaker's first pay-per-view.

Why in this case, they did not incorporate the Bragging Rights concept into the Survivor Series format and thus revolutionize it, is unfathomable. And so the annual question is now, will they or won't they cancel it?

The end of SummerSlam seems unlikely at the moment, but is the long-term future of wrestling destined to change?

Wrestling requires novelty to survive. Fans like change. They like new concepts, new angles and approaches. Given that its treatment of history and tradition is, at best, poor, the WWE may not blink twice before removing its once premier summer event.

The Royal Rumble is one of the most exciting events of the year. WrestleMania is the definitive night of wrestling, or at least is meant to be.

So what does SummerSlam have that other events do not?

SummerSlam is steeped in history, but in an era where wrestling is relying too much on gimmicks and not utilizing its history, what does this event offer anymore?

I, for one, want the "big four" to remain, as they are essential for wrestling to have a strong tradition. But given that the Survivor Series is close to once again being axed and that even the Royal Rumble was changed to a new 40-man concept, does the WWE want its "big four" to remain?

Change takes time in most circumstances, but given the success of last month's Money in the Bank event in addition to a changing wrestling landscape, will this be the last time we see SummerSlam?

Wrestling needs history and tradition to make it legitimate. To abandon it in the name of the almighty dollar robs fans of something that is invaluable.

Come on WWE, treat your events with the respect they deserve. Where is Bret Hart versus the British Bulldog? Randy Savage versus Ultimate Warrior? Shawn Michaels versus Razor Ramon?

CM Punk versus John Cena a month ago would have been perfect, but instead of a blockbuster this summer, we get a sequel.