WWE’s annual SummerSlam PPV is right around the corner, but this year’s show could be very different from the 30 in years’ past. This year’s card features some big matches; including Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns for the Universal Title, Alexa Bliss vs. Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Title, and AJ Styles defending his WWE Championship against Samoa Joe.
A pair of big absences from the card, however, are John Cena and The Undertaker. Should their rumored rematch not go down at the Barclays Center on August 19th, it will break a 30-year-old streak in SummerSlam’s history. Should the card hold as is, it will be the first time in the event’s history in the past 31 years that John Cena, The Undertaker, Bret Hart or Triple H are not competing on the card.
The historic record was brought to light by the WrestleVotes Twitter account:
Currently, as is, this will be the first SummerSlam ever to not feature one of these 4 superstars: Bret Hart, The Undertaker, Triple H or John Cena. In the past 31 years, the card has incldued at least one of them. pic.twitter.com/ZhwfgPrGhH
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) August 9, 2018
Hart has long been retired from in-ring competition, Triple H hasn’t been involved in a WWE storyline for several months, John Cena seems to be busy with acting obligations overseas and The Undertaker has shown no signs of returning to the ring anytime soon. It looks like this year’s SummerSlam will seemingly be the end of an era.