'The Biggest Party Of The Summer' may be Brooklyn-based for the last time if one of several competing cities take 2019's SummerSlam away from the East Coast. Should it be the final year in 'The Big Apple' for the company, WWE should hang their heads for leaving pivotal performers from the past four years absent from a seven hour supercard.
Bayley, Sasha Banks, Asuka and Ember Moon won't feature, despite assembling match-of-the-year candidates in all prior NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn shows. It's a disrespect to the performers but also of the legacy of the company's relatively new relationship with the building itself. WWE'll be back in town for WrestleMania weekend next April, facing the bizarre scenario of competing with another event at former home base Madison Square Garden. It reflects a lack of care for prestige in the present product - the same lack of care that has resulted in Brock Lesnar's Universal Title reign reaching 500 days despite only offering out six televised defences.
SummerSlam debuted as WWE's second annual pay-per-view in 1988 in the same city - a point the company have perhaps intentionally neglected due to the aforementioned fractiousness with MSG. On that night, Andre The Giant was definitively toppled by Hulk Hogan as part of a tag team main event with Ted Dibiase and Randy Savage respectively. Will another 'Beast' at long last be slain on Sunday? The old stories are still the best, even if the company too often choose not to tell them...
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