The build towards SummerSlam will probably take a back seat tonight due to the massive Raw Reunion show that WWE has planned with 38 WWE Legends appearing including Hulk Hogan, John Cena, Stone Cold Steve Austin, Ric Flair, and many others.
But with so many eyeballs on tonight’s broadcast, it would be super smart to actually do something important for SummerSlam. Raw is likely to get well over 3 million viewers tonight as fans tune back for some nostalgia acts and shooting an angle for SummerSlam is probably the best thing they can do to try and retain some of those returning viewers.
Raw has not cracked the 3 million average viewer mark this year so far and the last anniversary show in January 2018 got them 4.5 million viewers.
The SummerSlam pay-per-view, which is just three weeks away, only has three matches so far: Brock Lesnar vs Seth Rollins for the Universal title, Bayley vs Ember Moon for the Smackdown Women’s title, and Becky Lynch vs Natalya for the Raw Women’s title. Last year’s show had a whopping 13 matches on the card so if it will be anything like that this year, there’s a lot of work yet to be done.
Since only three matches have been confirmed, not all sportsbooks have released odds on the event. However, a few of the top sites have and although it’s still early, take a look at the numbers. As more matches get confirmed, the sites will be releasing more odds so keep an eye out. Probably best to check back during the first week of August.
The Undertaker, who was rumored to be wrestling on the show against Drew McIntyre, apparently is not booked and will not be part of the pay-per-view although that could always change. The Undertaker last wrestled at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view when he tagged with Roman Reigns to take on McIntyre and Shane McMahon.
It will be safe to assume that all the other remaining titles will also be defended on the show, so that leaves the Heavyweight, United States, Intercontinental, Raw and Smackdown Tag Team, and Cruiserweight title matches left to be announced. And of course, the 24/7 title will surely have a small spot on the show as well.
SummerSlam is typically the second most important pay-per-view on the WWE calendar and this year the show will be held in Toronto, Canada, where most of the time, the fans “make” the show.