WWE takes over New York City with SummerSlam
STAMFORD, Conn. – For the first time since 2007, WWE’s SummerSlam returns to the New York City metropolitan area with a week-long lineup of events including interactive fan experiences and community outreach programs covering all five boroughs. SummerSlam takes place this Sunday, Aug. 23, live on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT from a sold-out Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The events begin today and include:
Children’s Hospital Visits – Wednesday, Aug. 19
WWE Tag Team Champions The Prime Time Players – Titus O’Neil and Darren Young – will be at the Brooklyn Hospital Center Pediatric Wing and Dean Ambrose will be joined by Alicia Fox at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Queens. On both occasions, they will visit patients and hand out WWE Mattel toys.
Brooklyn Cyclones Celebrity Softball Game – Wednesday, Aug. 19
The Brooklyn Cyclones and WWE have partnered for SummerSlam Night. As part of the festivities, Superstars and Divas including Ryback, Fandango, Eva Marie and Charlotte, will join members of the FDNY, NYPD and other celebrities in a pre-game Celebrity/Civil Servants All-Star Challenge and softball game prior to the 7 p.m. Cyclones game against the Lowell Spinners. Also scheduled to participate in the celebrity game are NBA Hall of Famer and current St. John’s Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mullin, Mets Hall of Famer John Franco, “Good Day New York” hosts Greg Kelly and Rosanna Scotto, and many others.
SummerSlam Reading Celebration – Thursday, Aug. 20
WWE and First Book will host a reading celebration at JCC Cornerstone Program at Todt Hill Community Center in Staten Island. Dolph Ziggler and Nikki and Brie Bella will read to local Staten Island students from grades 1-3 to promote the importance of literacy. A book donation will be made to all students in attendance.
Firehouse and Police Precinct Visits to Support “Answer the Call” – Thursday, Aug. 20
WWE is joining forces with Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes through a global online auction on Charitybuzz.com, featuring unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences in support of “Answer The Call,” the New York Police and Fire Widows’ and Children’s Benefit Fund. To help raise awareness for the program, Roman Reigns, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Kofi Kingston, Big E, Xavier Woods and Summer Rae will be visiting firehouses and police precincts around New York City.
Be a STAR (Show Tolerance and Respect) Anti-Bullying Rally – Thursday, Aug. 20
WWE will host an anti-bullying rally at the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, featuring Be a STAR alliance members, Facebook, GLAAD and DoSomething.org. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon; Facebook Trust and Safety Manager, Emily Vacher; GLAAD Vice President of Programs Zeke Stokes and DoSomething.org’s Chief Marketing Officer Naomi Hirabayashi will join Kofi Kingston, Sheamus and Eva Marie to deliver bullying prevention messages to more than 250 children between the ages of 6-15.
Hire Heroes Veteran Employment Panel & Event – Friday, Aug. 21
WWE, in partnership with Barclays Center and Orion International, will host a Veterans Career Panel and Networking Event in support of Hire Heroes USA (HHUSA) for nearly 80 veterans. Corporate HR and Brand Executives from WWE, ESPN, Marvel, Priceline, MTA, LinkedIn and Colgate will be in attendance to discuss veteran hiring practices. The Usos, Naomi and NXT’s Enzo Amore and Colin Cassady, will also be on-hand to speak with the veterans. The event will consist of a panel, networking opportunities and career coaching stations.
John Cena 500th Wish Celebration – Friday, Aug. 21
Make-A-Wish and WWE will celebrate John Cena becoming the first celebrity in history to grant 500 wishes. The event, which is being hosted at Dave & Buster’s Times Square, will feature appearances by Cena, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon, Make-A-Wish America CEO David Williams, Sheamus, The Bella Twins and wish children and their families.
New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell – Friday, Aug. 21
In celebration of SummerSlam and John Cena’s 500th Wish, Cena, WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon and Make-A-Wish America CEO David Williams will accompany seven wish kids, and ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange. For more than a decade, Cena has been granting the wishes of children through WWE’s partnership with Make-A-Wish which began more than 30 years ago. To date, WWE Superstars and Divas have granted more than 6,000 wishes, more than any other sports and entertainment organization.
Superstar Meet and Greets – Friday, Aug. 21 & Saturday, Aug. 22
These exclusive fan sessions will give the WWE Universe an opportunity to get autographs and photos with their favorite Superstars and Divas including WWE World Heavyweight Champion Seth Rollins, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Bray Wyatt, Charlotte, Paige, Becky Lynch, WWE Legend Sting and WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.
Susan G. Komen Community Health Fair – Saturday, Aug. 22
WWE and Susan G. Komen will be supporting a community health fair featuring Komen’s Scan Van, offering mobile mammograms and information on Race for the Cure. Tamina, Alicia Fox, Naomi, Natalya, Titus O’Neil and Darren Young will take part in a meet and greet at the Church of the Revelation in the Bronx to promote breast health education and the importance of early detection.
NXT Takeover Brooklyn – Saturday, Aug. 22
On the night before the biggest event of the summer, WWE's next generation of Superstars and Divas will perform at a sold-out Barclays Center with the biggest NXT Takeover yet. Finn Balor's reign as NXT Champion hangs in the balance when he takes on Kevin Owens in a Ladder Match. NXT Takeover Brooklyn can be seen live on WWE Network at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
SummerSlam – Sunday, Aug. 23
A sold-out crowd will converge on Barclays Center for SummerSlam. WWE’s biggest event of the summer, which can be seen live on WWE Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT, will feature The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar in a rematch of their historic WrestleMania 30 bout where Lesnar ended Undertaker’s 21-year undefeated streak.
Monday Night Raw – Monday, Aug. 24
The night after SummerSlam, Monday Night Raw takes place at a sold-out Barclays Center for the third night in a row, where fans can see their favorite Superstars and Divas. Monday Night Raw is the longest-running, weekly episodic program in U.S. primetime TV history and is one of the most-watched, regularly scheduled programs on cable, airing live every Monday night on USA Network.