WWE News: Change of plans for SummerSlam?
Ticketmaster.com, which sells tickets for WWE's PPV and other events, has made some changes to the timings of SummerSlam 2016. Previously the event was listed to start on 6:30pm ET but now it has been changed to 6pm ET.
As PWInsider noted, this could possibly mean that the event will run for a massive four and a half hours this year. It won't be a surprise if it happens, as WWE extended the show to 4 hours from the traditional timing of 3 hours just last year. Four and a half hours will mean that this SummerSlam would be one of the longest TV programs ever aired by WWE
However, this could have been done to avoid any mishap like the one that happened at WrestleMania this year. It's notable that fans faced problems in getting inside the venue for WrestleMania 32 due to wi-fi problems in the stadium, which caused a major holdup in scanning tickets. It led to fans waiting hours outside the AT&T Stadium, the venue for the show.
Many fans complained about being dehydrated and tired at that time, and this might well be the WWE’s answer to those complaints.