WWE SummerSlam is approaching with Roman Reigns set to challenge Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship.
The American sports entertainment giant nicknames its annual August pay-per-view ‘The Biggest Event of the Summer’.
This year it will be a six-hour spectacular featuring no less than 13 matches involving the stars of Raw and SmackDown.
Eight championship belts will be on the line with the likes of Ronda Rousey and AJ Styles ready to wow fans across the globe.
Here is all you need to know about WWE SummerSlam 2018.
When is WWE SummerSlam 2018?
WWE SummerSlam will be broadcast live from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, August 19. It gets underway from 7pm local time and from 12am in the UK.
Where can I watch it?
The pay-per-view event is available for £19.95 on Sky Box Office with either a live or repeat viewing.
You can watch it on the WWE Network, through the following devices/websites:
PS3 or PS4
Xbox 360 or Xbox One
Sony Internet-connected TVs
Samsung Smart TVs
Panasonic Life+Screen Smart TVs
Kindle Fire or Amazon Fire TV
iOS enabled devices
Android enabled devices
If you don’t have access to these channels, you can follow the action with Mirror Sport, who will be live blogging throughout the show.
What about The Kickoff pre-show?
The Kickoff pre-show panel, hosted by Renee Young, be a special two-hour edition, starting at 5pm local time and at 7pm in the UK.
A panel of WWE greats and assorted pundits will discuss all the action to come and there will be at least three matches. Rusev and Lana face Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Zelina Vega in what should be a fun mixed tag team bout; Cedric Alexander defends the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Drew Gulak; and The Revival challenge The B-Team for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship.
You can watch the Kickoff pre-show on the WWE Network, WWE.com, the official WWE App, YouTube and several other devices/websites.
What is the main event?
On the face of it, Brock Lesnar defending the WWE Universal Championship against Roman Reigns for the umpteenth time will headline the four-hour extravaganza. WWE has spent the last few weeks teasing a potential split between Lesnar and his longstanding advocate, Paul Heyman. Will the Beast Incarnate and the master of the microphone go their separate ways?
AJ Styles’ defence of the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe, his perennial rival from their TNA Wresting days, will therefore likely take place lower down the card. But given the quality of their past encounters, this one could well steal the show and be the match most fans are talking about come Monday morning.
What about the women’s championships?
Alexa Bliss defends the Raw Women’s Championship against the seemingly unstoppable Ronda Rousey. Could this be the coronation of the UFC Hall of Famer? Meanwhile, best friends Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair will collide when they both challenge Carmella in a triple threat match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Will there be another tag team title match?
Oh yes, monstrous duo The Bludgeon Brothers put the SmackDown tag team titles on the line versus the most successful unit in modern history, The New Day. Can the loveable trio somehow find a way to overcome Harper and Rowan?
What are the other key matches on the card?
Huge fan favourite Daniel Bryan clashes with bitter enemy The Miz in a singles match that could well open and steal the show, given the quality of their encounters on the recent UK tour.
Kevin Owens is going all out to try and snatch Braun Strowman’s Money in the Bank contract, knowing that a win by any means, including count-out or disqualification, would earn him the coveted briefcase.
Dolph Ziggler, assisted by Drew McIntyre, defends the Intercontinental Championship against Seth Rollins. But the numbers game is no longer in his favour, as Dean Ambrose has returned to watch the back of his former partner in The Shield.
Shinsuke Nakamura captured the WWE United States Championship from Jeff Hardy at Extreme Rules following a devious low blow. Hardy gets his rematch on Sunday, even though he may not be in the best of health following a brutal ambush by Randy Orton. Meanwhile Baron Corbin looks to avenge his loss to Finn Balor at WWE’s last pay-per-view.
Are there likely to be any surprise appearances?
It’s been too long since we heard the ominous gong signalling the arrival of The Undertaker. He was part of a six-man tag team match at a house show at Madison Square Garden in New York last month, so perhaps The Deadman will be returning to the Big Apple.
WWE Mirror Exclusive interviews
1. Rusev and Lana vs. Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas and Zelina Vega – Mixed tag team match
2. Cedric Alexander (c) vs. Drew Gulak – Singles match for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
3. The B-Team (c) vs. The Revival – Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship
4. Daniel Bryan vs. The Miz – Singles match
5. Finn Bálor vs. Baron Corbin – Singles match
6. The Bludgeon Brothers (c) vs. The New Day – Tag team match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship
7. Shinsuke Nakamura (c) vs. Jeff Hardy – Singles match for the WWE United States Championship
8. Dolph Ziggler (c) (with Drew McIntyre) vs. Seth Rollins (with Dean Ambrose) – Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship
9. Braun Strowman (MITB holder) vs. Kevin Owens – Singles match for the Money in the Bank contract
10. Carmella (c) vs. Becky Lynch vs. Charlotte Flair – Triple threat match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
11. AJ Styles (c) vs. Samoa Joe – Singles match for the WWE Championship
12. Alexa Bliss (c) vs. Ronda Rousey – Singles match for the WWE Raw Women’s Championship
13. Brock Lesnar (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Roman Reigns – Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship
Watch WWE SummerSlam 2018 live on the WWE Network or on Sky Sports Box Office at midnight on Sunday, August 19.
You can follow all the action as it happens in the Mirror Sport WWE SummerSlam Live Blog.
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