Nick Khan On SummerSlam: It Was Important To Do A Big Stadium Show In A Full Setting At Least Once This Year
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Nick Khan doesn’t think there was too much of a gamble booking SummerSlam for Las Vegas considering that WWE spent the past 20 months on the east coast. Khan had an interview with Variety and the Vegas-born WWE president and chief revenue officer shared his thought process behind making SummerSlam an entire Sin City experience for the weekend.
“Typically, we only do one football stadium show a year, and that’s WrestleMania,” Khan said. “Because there was a limited capacity in Tampa in April when we did it, that was a two night event. We haven’t been on the west coast in over 20 months, so it was important to us to give our fans the big stadium atmosphere at least once this year in a full setting. So with over 45,000 tickets sold…we feel like it’s going to be a fun event for everybody.”
“Most of our pay-per-views have been on Sunday nights and then ‘Monday Night Raw’ obviously on Mondays,” he said. “So we don’t believe there’s a lot of people from out of state who say, ‘Oh my god, let’s go to Vegas. Let’s go crazy on a Sunday.’ Or ‘Let’s go to Vegas and go crazy on a Monday,’ or even Friday Smackdown, ‘Let’s go to Vegas, let’s land by 3pm local time and be in our seats by 5pm local and go crazy.’ It just doesn’t work like that there.”