|Date||July 30, 2022|
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The 2022 SummerSlam is the upcoming 35th annual SummerSlam professional wrestling live event produced by WWE. It will be held for wrestlers from the promotion's Raw and SmackDown brand divisions. The event will air on pay-per-view (PPV) worldwide and will be available to livestream through Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network internationally. It is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, marking the first SummerSlam to not be held during the month of August.
SummerSlam is an annual live event that had previously been produced every August by WWE since 1988. Dubbed "The Biggest Party of the Summer," it is one of the promotion's original four pay-per-views (PPV), along with WrestleMania, Royal Rumble, and Survivor Series, originally dubbed the "Big Four", and as of August 2021, it is considered one of the "Big Five", along with Money in the Bank. Out of the five, it is considered WWE's second biggest event of the year behind WrestleMania. The 2022 event will the 35th event in the SummerSlam chronology and will feature wrestlers from the Raw and SmackDown brands. In addition to airing on traditional PPV, it will be available to livestream on Peacock in the United States and the WWE Network in international markets. Announced in October 2021, the 2022 event will be the very first SummerSlam to not be held during the month of August. Instead, it is scheduled to take place on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. Tickets went on sale on April 22, with premium hospitality packages also available. It will also be the first SummerSlam to incorporate a new logo, replacing the previous SummerSlam logo that had been used for the past 12 years.
The event will include matches that result from scripted storylines, where wrestlers portray heroes, villains, or less distinguishable characters in scripted events that build tension and culminate in a wrestling match or series of matches. Results are predetermined by WWE's writers on the Raw and SmackDown brands, while storylines are produced on WWE's weekly television shows, Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.
At WrestleMania 38 in April, SmackDown's Universal Champion Roman Reigns defeated Raw's WWE Champion Brock Lesnar in a Winner Takes All match to become recognized as the Undisputed WWE Universal Champion. After Reigns retained the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship on the June 17 episode of SmackDown, he claimed there was no one left to face him. Lesnar then made a surprise return after a two-month hiatus and offered Reigns a handshake. As Reigns went to shake his hand, Lesnar attacked Reigns and then attacked The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso), who had come to Reigns' aid. It was subsequently announced that Reigns would defend the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match at SummerSlam, which WWE billed as their last match against each other.
On the June 17 episode of SmackDown, after losing to Madcap Moss, Happy Corbin confronted commentator Pat McAfee—a former teammate when both played in the National Football League who consistently criticized Corbin on-air for his underhanded tactics. The following week, McAfee challenged Corbin to a match at SummerSlam. After Money in the Bank went off the air, Corbin attacked McAfee and subsequently accepted the challenge.
At Money in the Bank, Bobby Lashley defeated Theory to win the United States Championship. The next night on Raw, Theory announced he was granted a rematch against Lashley for the title at SummerSlam.
At Money in the Bank, The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) defeated The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) to retain the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship. Following the match, replayed footage of the pinfall showed that Ford's shoulder was off the mat, thus the pinfall should not have been counted. A championship rematch was then subsequently scheduled for SummerSlam.
At Money in the Bank, Liv Morgan won the women's Money in the Bank ladder match to earn a women's championship match contract of her choosing. After Ronda Rousey retained the SmackDown Women's Championship later that same night, Morgan ran out and used the contract to cash in on Rousey and win the title. On the following SmackDown, it was announced that Morgan would defend the title in a rematch against Rousey at SummerSlam.
|1||Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Brock Lesnar||Last Man Standing match for the Undisputed WWE Universal Championship[a]|
|2||Pat McAfee vs. Happy Corbin||Singles match|
|3||Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Theory||Singles match for the WWE United States Championship|
|4||The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) (c) vs. The Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford)||Tag team match for the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship[b]|
The match will have a mystery special guest referee.
|5||Liv Morgan (c) vs. Ronda Rousey||Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship|
- The name "Undisputed WWE Universal Championship" refers to both the WWE Championship and WWE Universal Championship being held and defended together, although both titles remain independently active.
- The name "Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship" refers to both the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship and WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship being held and defended together, although both titles remain independently active.
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