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Logan Paul Wants the Opening Match at SummerSlam – Here's Why

Why on Earth wouldn't The Maverick, Logan Paul, want to compete in the main event at SummerSlam 2023?

By Chris Phelan
Logan Paul stands on the top rope of the ring at Wrestlemania

In most cases, WWE Superstars know where their proverbial bread is buttered: The main event. Competing in main events means more exposure, a higher level of competition, and, most of all, more money. There's a reason why athletes like Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns don't get out of bed for anything less. When you're in the main event, all eyes are on you, and your bank account is more prominent because of it. 

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Interestingly enough, Logan Paul is clamoring for the opposite at SummerSlam 2023, he wants to compete in the opening match! It seems like a bizarre about-face for The Maverick as he heads towards a probable showdown with Ricochet on August 5 in Detroit. Thankfully, during the July 18 episode of his Impaulsive podcast, Paul laid out his reasoning for such a request.

Logan Paul Wants to Fly to Dallas Immediately After SummerSlam

As it turns out, Paul will try to make his best impression of a mid-90s family sitcom character and try to be in two places at once on August 5, all to support his brother, Jake Paul. On August 5, the same evening as SummerSlam 2023, Jake will take on ex-MMA star Nate Diaz in a professional boxing match. Logan has no intention of missing his brother's fight and will do whatever it takes to get to Dallas after his SummerSlam obligations end. 

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"After SummerSlam, as soon as my match ends, I'm going to hop on a private jet, fly to Dallas in my gear, and walk to the ring with my brother for his fight against Nate Diaz," Logan revealed. "I'm going to try to. I don't know if I'm going to make it, but I think, if I do, it'll be minutes. Like, I walk into the venue, and round one of Jake Paul/Nate Diaz starts."

With both events taking place at the same time and nearly 1200 miles separating Detroit and Dallas, it will be nearly impossible for Logan to witness his brother's main event bout live, but he revealed he already put in the request to WWE to have the first match of the night at SummerSlam.

"I requested the first match," he explained. "We did the math – it's barely doable."

Of course, Logan assumes he'll be able to walk out of Ford Field under his own power. After the chaotic crash he found himself partaking in at Money in the Bank a few weeks back, there's no guarantee that he'll be in any shape to fly across the country in a private jet after a potentially taxing match against Ricochet. In addition, these logistics assume WWE will grant Logan's request in the first place. If WWE officials want the SummerSlam lineup structured in a specific way, The Maverick may be out of luck.

Logan Paul Reveals WWE Fan Backlash Got Under His Skin

Thankfully, the most ambitious travel itinerary of all time wasn't the only topic of discussion Logan breached on his podcast. He surprisingly confessed that being incessantly booed by the WWE Universe early in his career affected him to the point where he became upset behind the scenes. 

"I'm obviously a heel, and I like it," Paul confessed. "But I didn't at first. When I first got there, people started booing me. I really took it personally. I just didn't understand. I was pissed."

According to Paul, WWE officials were overjoyed at the adverse reaction the WWE Universe threw at The Maverick, a sentiment that initially confused the young star.

"Why is that amazing? Like, I'm affected by this," Paul said candidly. "Now I eat it up. It's so fun. And I've started to play with just one on one interactions with people in the front row who are booing me."

Logan Paul vs. Ricochet Expected For SummerSlam 2023

Of course, we expect the boos to continue to rain down on Logan when he finds himself matched up with a crowd-favorite like Ricochet, whose feats of athleticism shock the WWE Universe on a weekly basis:

There's only one WWE Superstar who can jump out of the ring, flip 360 degrees, and land on their feet on the arena floor – Ricochet. (Although, let's be honest, would any of us be shocked if Logan is capable of the same?) The WWE Universe has been waiting on pins and needles for weeks to see if the highly-anticipated match will be officially announced for The Biggest Party of the Summer. While a handful of red-hot matchups have been announced for the August 5 mega-event, Logan Paul vs. Ricochet has been conspicuous in its absence in the lineup – for now.

In our eyes, it's only a matter of time until the clash between Logan Paul and Ricochet is set for SummerSlam – whether it's scheduled as the night's first match remains to be seen. In the meantime, we'll keep the WWE Universe updated on Logan Paul's historic attempt to be in two places at once on August 5.

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