Last year, WWE moved SummerSlam from one coast to the other, installing themselves at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, for three-straight days of entertainment disguised as sports, including NXT TakeOver and Raw. Now, they’re pushing their impact even further by taking over the Barclays on Thursday, August 18 for the first-ever WWE SummerSlam Concert, a benefit show to raise money for pediatric cancer research fund Connor’s Cure.
Headlining the gig is none other than WWE staple Flo Rida, who will be joined by pop star Jason Derulo, R&B singer Daya and rapper Jordan Hollywood (which could very well be the worst pro wrestling name of all time). Triple H, Stephanie McMahon and other WWE Superstars are also scheduled to appear throughout the event. Tickets go on sale this Friday, July 29 via Ticketmaster. McMahon had this to say in a press release:
“We are proud to bring together some of the biggest names in music and entertainment for one night to support Connor’s Cure. The first-ever WWE SummerSlam Concert will offer fans another opportunity to participate in SummerSlam Week while raising much-needed awareness and funds to support pediatric cancer research.”
Flo Rida has been intertwined with WWE for years now, from performing at multiple Tribute to the Troops events to contributing theme songs for multiple WWE pay-per-views, including WrestleMania 32.
But more importantly, Rida’s been embroiled in a feud with none other than WWE’s current hottest free agent, Heath Slater, for the past five years. It began at WrestleMania 28, when Rida attacked Slater without provocation. It then continued on an episode of Raw two years later where Slater, rightfully out for vengeance, was attacked by Rida again. Then, in 2015, Rida verbally assaulted Slater, resulting in the WWE Superstar recruiting his buddy Bo Dallas to absolutely destroy Flo Rida in a rap battle (one that WWE has since tried to whitewash). There is literally no safer bet to make than expecting Heath Slater to show up at the Barclays Center on August 18 only to probably get knocked out onstage by a mic stand or something. Summer of Slater, babayyy!!!