Stuff like this is one of the many reasons that I don't watch WWE anymore. What purpose does this serve? The only thing that I can think of is that if SummerSlam bombs, which it probably will, this is a way to make up for it. Talk about overkill.
As of today, Summerslam is still scheduled to take place at the WWE Performance Center, although WWE has been looking at other options. As we reported earlier this week, there was talk at the last set of TV tapings of potentially taping content for the show outdoors on a beach or a ship, but nothing has been officially confirmed.
However, PWInsider.com can confirm rumors making the rounds today that Summerslam won't be the only WWE PPV next month. WWE's internal calendar was updated to reflect that the company will broadcast WWE Payback on Sunday 8/30. WWE utilized the Payback PPV title from 2013 through 2017, so they are reviving the name. That PPV is slated to emanate from the WWE Performance Center.
It is unusual, but not unheard of for WWE to run two PPVs in close proximity to each other. In 1991, WWF held the Survivor Series, with The Undertaker beating Hulk Hogan for the WWF Championship. In an experiment at the time, they then ran a second PPV, This Tuesday in Texas, headlined by a rematch with Hogan regaining the title. One would assume the plan is to do a major angle at Summerslam to play into returning with a PPV just seven days later.