World Wrestling Entertainment swings through the region this week with its SummerSlam Heatwave tour appearing at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes Barre tonight and next Sunday in Philadelphia for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view. The show in Wilkes Barre advertises Seth Rollins defending the Universal title in a Street Fight against Baron Corbin and Ricochet puts the United States gold up for grabs in a three-way with AJ Styles and Cesaro. Lacey Evans challenges Becky Lynch for the Raw women’s championship in another feature attraction. Bell time is 7:00 pm. The company will also be appearing on July 19th in Reading and July 20th in Wildwood.
This past Monday on Raw, the first episode of the Paul Heyman era as executive producer, was a faster-paced show that started with a big match and angle in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 10,000 fans in Dallas and ended up seeing about a ten percent increase in ratings from the previous week while Smackdown, not yet under the creative auspices of newly hired Eric Bischoff, who is reportedly moving his family to Stamford this week, slipped in the ratings with a show that wasn’t bad, but is still clearly perceived by many fans as the company’s secondary priority in its weekly programming, a perception they have to hope will change come the new fall season with the switch to Fox.