WWE SummerSlam: What time does it start, which TV channel is it on, how can I stream it for free, who’s fighting,

Everything you need to know about WWE SummerSlam

Matty Paddock@MattyPaddock
Saturday 18 August 2018 11:00
Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Universal Championship at Summerslam against Roman Reigns
Brock Lesnar defends the WWE Universal Championship at Summerslam against Roman Reigns

One of WWE’s biggest shows airs this Sunday as the 2018 version of SummerSlam comes from New York.

Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey and AJ Styles are among those in action as all of the company’s major championships are up for grabs once again.

Lesnar will defend against perennial challenger Roman Reigns in a bout for his Universal Championship while Rousey looks to once again win her first WWE title as she targets Alexa Bliss.

With 13 bouts to get through and plenty of scores to be settled, we’ve outlined everything you need to know about WWE SummerSlam.

When is it?

The event takes place on Sunday night (into Monday morning here in the UK), 19 August 2018. The show is held at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, New York.

What time does it start?

The action starts from 10pm BST with the two-hour ‘kick-off’ show which will feature build-up, pre-match chatter and three matches, including two title bouts. The main portion of the show begins at midnight and will last until around 4am.

Ronda Rousey gets her latest chance to win a first title (WWE)

Where can I watch it?

UK viewers can watch it on Sky Sports Box Office either live, or via one of the repeat showings. Repeats begin on Monday, August 20th and run through to Thursday August 23rd, showing daily at 6am, 10am, 2pm, 6pm and 10pm. The event will set you back £14.95

WWE are also showing the event on their own streaming service, WWE Network, which is available via subscription at £9.99.

Can I stream it for free?

Yes – but only if you’re a new subscriber to WWE Network. WWE offers a month’s free trial for new sign-ups, so book up before the show starts and you won’t pay a penny.

Brock Lesnar looks destined for a UFC return (Getty )

Is Brock Lesnar leaving for UFC?

Lesnar seems almost certain to be preparing for a return to the Octagon and another shot at life in UFC’s heavyweight division. It’s no forgone conclusion, though, that he’ll do so at the expense of his WWE career. Lesnar, while just appearing on a handful of dates per-year, is comfortably the company’s top-earning performer, and the man himself is a huge attraction for the WWE, so it’s in their interests to continue working together. Be prepared to see Lesnar appear in UFC still with the Universal title in his possession:

Who else is wrestling?

From top to bottom, along with our predictions, here’s the full line-up for WWE SummerSlam:

The B Team (c) vs The Revival

Raw tag team championship match

Independent predicts: The B Team

Rusev and Lana vs Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega

Independent predicts: Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega

Daniel Bryan v The Miz

Independent predicts: Daniel Bryan

Finn Balor v Baron Corbin

Independent predicts: Baron Corbin

Shinsuke Nakamura (c) v Jeff Hardy

WWE United States Championship match

Independent predicts: Shinsuke Nakamura

Cedric Alexander (c) v Drew Gulak

WWE Cruiserweight Championship match

Independent predicts: Cedric Alexander

Carmella (c) v Becky Lynch v Charlotte Flair

Smackdown Women's Championship match

Independent predicts: Carmella

Dolph Ziggler (c) v Seth Rollins

WWE Intercontinental Championship match

Independent predicts: Dolph Ziggler

Braun Strowman v Kevin Owens

Independent predicts: Braun Strowman

The Bludgeon Brothers (c) The New Day

Smackdown tag team championship match

Independent predicts: The Bludgeon Brothers

AJ Styles (c) v Samoa Joe

WWE Championship match

Independent predicts: AJ Styles

Alexa Bliss (c) v Ronda Rousey

Raw Women’s Championship match

Independent predicts: Ronda Rousey

Brock Lesnar (c) v Roman Reigns

WWE Universal Championship match

Independent predicts: Brock Lesnar

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