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SummerSlam Will Have A 2 Hour Pre-Show And An Overrun

We’re probably not alone in thinking that SummerSlam is shaping up to be a pretty great wrestling show, with nine matches announced (and the possibility that more could be added in the final week before the show). However, in its continuing quest to make SummerSlam just as big of a deal as WrestleMania, WWE might have gone too far, announcing today that the already four-hour SummerSlam Pay Per View will be preceded by a two-hour long kickoff show, which will air on the WWE Network. In addition, it has also been revealed that WWE will likely be continuing their trend of allowing their PPV’s to run longer than the scheduled time, a pattern which actually began at WrestleMania, and could possibly add as much as an extra thirty minutes to the show.

WWE did a similar thing for WrestleMania, which was largely seen as a bad idea, as it forced viewers to watch nearly seven hours of wrestling and made for a very long day for even the most hardcore wrestling fan. And that isn’t even counting people who will be watching the NXT TakeOver: Back II Brooklyn special the night before SummerSlam, which is scheduled for two and a half hours and might also be allowed to run long (and will likely have a kickoff show of its own). In fact, counting pre-shows, NXT, SummerSlam, Raw, and Smackdown, WWE will be presenting roughly fifteen hours of original wrestling content over four days beginning this Saturday! Oh, and if you want to make it five days, you can add another couple of hours for next Wednesday’s NXT and Cruiserweight Classic shows. At a certain point, the phrase “way too much of a good thing” comes to mind.

So, how much of this weekend’s cavalcade of wrestling were you planning to watch? Let us know by having your say in the Comments!

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle

Stephen Randle is an avid wrestling and film fan. He's been writing about WWE, movies, and video games for Goliath since 2015.