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Where is SummerSlam 2023 Being Held?
The biggest party of the summer returns to a city known for its classic WWE moments for SummerSlam 2023.
August 5 is already starting to creep up on the WWE Universe, which means the 2023 edition of SummerSlam will be here before we know it!
As the action heats up and fans prepare for whatever mayhem will happen at SummerSlam this year, many may be wondering where the event is actually going to take place.
Where is SummerSlam 2023 Being Held?
This year, WWE is taking SummerSlam to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.
The location and stories heading into the event are already shaping up to be a night of epic proportions. Many members of the WWE Universe consider it the summer version of WrestleMania, so we fully expect a stacked lineup filled with nothing but top-tier matches when August 5 arrives.
While Detroit may not be the first city that comes to mind when fans think of cities known for hosting unforgettable WWE events (cities like Chicago and New York City are arguably more wrestling-centric than others), Detroit has actually played host to quite a few classic WWE events over the years.
Here's a handful of memorable WWE events that have taken place in the Motor City:
What Prominent WWE Events Were Held in Detroit, Michigan?
WrestleMania 23: Batista vs. The Undertaker
Ford Field opened its doors in 2002, and just five years later, the state-of-the-art arena was the proud host of WrestleMania 23, boasting the main event of Shawn Michaels vs. John Cena for the WWE Championship. However, most fans remember this night not for the main event but for the classic bout between Batista and The Undertaker, as The Dead Man's WrestleMania streak nearly came to a premature end:
In 2005, no Superstar was hotter than Batista – unfortunately, he couldn't get the job done. Not that it mattered in the long run: Batista went on to have an incredibly successful WWE career. (The Undertaker, for what it's worth, turned out pretty OK, too – we hear he fights sharks these days, actually).
Survivor Series 1999: Kurt Angle's WWE Debut
Before Ford Field became the de-facto home for WWE live events in Detroit, the legendary Joe Louis Arena played host to all kinds of sporting events, including Survivor Series 1999. The event was notable for several reasons, but none were more influential than the official in-ring debut of Kurt Angle:
It's impossible not to smile when you watch the young, brash Olympic Hero make mincemeat out of journeyman Shawn Stasiak. It was a sign of things to come for Kurt Angle, as he used Survivor Series as a launching pad to effortlessly become one of the most accomplished WWE Superstars of all time.
Survivor Series 1991: Hulk Hogan vs. The Undertaker
Opening in 1979, Joe Louis Arena was the unofficial home of WCW's Halloween Havoc for a few years in the mid-90s – but most pro wrestling fans are innately more familiar with the chaos that Detroit's Survivor Series 1991 wrought:
The Undertaker captured his first-ever WWE Championship against Hulk Hogan in the evening's main event thanks to timely interference by Ric Flair. To say the sold-out Joe Louis Arena crowd was stunned when Hogan was pinned for the title is an understatement – much like Roman Reigns today, Hulk Hogan rarely lost in those days! Unfortunately for The Dead Man, his title reign ended less than a week later when Hogan regained the championship in an equally-nefarious fashion.
With multiple rivalries set to come to thrilling conclusions, SummerSlam 2023 will look to steal the thunder from these classic Detroit-based WWE events. We can't wait to see what kind of mayhem Ford Field will experience on August 5!