WWE presents its second-biggest event of the entire year on Sunday, with the 2019 edition of Summerslam.
Sitting only behind Wrestlemania in terms of prominence in the WWE calendar, Summerslam is typically one of the most memorable and high-profile events.
The WWE and Universal Championships are on the line for the top men in the company, with Kofi Kingston and Brock Lensar defending their gold respectively.
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Meanwhile, Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch is also putting her title on the line, as is Smackdown champ, Bayley.
Wrestling legend Goldberg also makes a rare appearance at the event as part of a stellar line-up of matches.
We’ve put together this handy guide of everything you need to know about WWE Summerslam 2019:
When and where is WWE Summerslam?
Stomping Grounds is this Sunday night, 11 August into the early hours of Monday, 12th here in the UK. The event is being held at the Scotiabank Arena, formerly the Air Canada Centre, in Toronto, Canada. You can expect the crowd to be on the rowdy side.
What time does WWE Summerslam start?
Summerslam kicks off at midnight on Sunday night/Monday morning with the main portion of the show, but fans keep to soak all of the build-up and atmosphere ahead of the event can get their fix a bit sooner. A Kick-Off show starts two hours before, at 10pm UK time. Summerslam will likely run until at least 4.30am on Monday morning, so get the coffee on stand-by if you’re going the distance.
Where can I watch WWE Summerslam?
Pretty much anywhere you like, as long as you have a TV, smartphone or device or a computer.
Sky Sports are showing the event on Sky Sports Box Office. You can order and watch it live but, in addition, Summerslam is repeated between 6am on Monday, 12th August and 9pm on Thursday, 15th August.
Alternatively, you can subscribe to WWE’s in-house service, WWE Network, which will air it as it happens and almost immediately on demand afterwards, indefinitely.
You can view WWE Network on most smartphones and devices, including PS4, Xbox 360 or Xbox One and the vast majority of connected smart televisions. If you’re still using a PS3 please be aware that WWE have ceased to offer the platform via this medium.
How much will WWE Summerslam cost to watch?
That depends on which method you chose. Sky Sports Box Office are charging £14.95 for their airings, while WWE Network subscriptions are a cheaper at £9.99 per month.
Can you stream WWE Summerslam online for free?
Yes, and it’s completely legal. but you’ll need to be swift! WWE Network is actually free of charge for new subscribers.
So, if you’re a first-time subscriber, head over to wwe.com before Sunday’s show and sign up. That will give you a month’s access for free, which will include not only this show, but also any other WWE content and events for the month.
What will the main event be?
It’s most likely, though not definite, that the main event will be the Universal Championship match between Brock Lesnar, champion, and his challenger, Seth Rollins.
Lesnar feels he’s settled something of an old score by ‘cashing in’ his Money in the Bank briefcase against Lesnar at Extreme Rules, years after Rollins did similar at the climax of Wrestlemania.
Rollins now looks to reclaim the red brand’s top men’s title in Toronto and get shot of Lensar for good.
What Women’s Championship matches are at WWE Summerslam?
Becky Lynch puts her Raw Women’s Championship on the line against Natalya.
Vastly-experienced Canadian Natalya is regarded as one of the finest female workers in the company, and she’ll be hoping to clinch gold for the second time in three years at Summerslam, after picking up the Smackdown championship in 2017.
Over on Smackdown Live, Ember Moon faces arguably her biggest match since graduating to the main roster from NXT when she challenges Bayley.
You mentioned Goldberg?
That’s right – the WCW icon and WWE Hall of Famer is back for another match, this time against Dolph Ziggler.
Goldberg is looking to shake off the stigma of his last WWE outing, the horrific match against the Undertaker in Saudi Arabia earlier this year. While the Undertaker batted those cobwebs away with a far stronger showing at Extreme Rules last month, many will be hoping to see the same from the master of the Jackhammer as he goes up against another of WWE’s top performers in Dolph Ziggler.
What other legends are appearing?
Another WWE Hall of Famer, Trish Stratus, will be in action in her home country on Sunday night.
Stratus tackles the incomparable Charlotte Flair in Toronto, in what Stratus has already confirmed will be her final outing in the squared circle.
What is the full WWE Summerslam card?
Here’s the full line up as it stands:
Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Seth Rollins
WWE Championship: Kofi Kingston (c) vs. Randy Orton
Raw Women’s Championship Submission Match: Becky Lynch (c) vs. Natalya
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bayley (c) vs. Ember Moon
United States Championship: AJ Styles (c) vs. Ricochet
Cruiserweight Championship: Drew Gulak (c) vs. Oney Lorcan
Kevin Owens vs. Shane McMahon
Finn Balor vs. “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt
Trish Stratus vs. Charlotte Flair
Goldberg vs. Dolph Ziggler
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