SummerSlam is a professional wrestling event put on by the WWE in the summertime. SummerSlam is widely considered the second largest event on the WWE calendar after WrestleMania. SummerSlam is a pay-per-view event in August. After the success of the Royal Rumble, which was aired for free on the USA Network, gained millions of viewers, Vince McMahon, owner of the WWF as it was once known, decided that to balance the calendar, he needed a summer event to compliment the Royal Rumble in January, WrestleMania in March, and the Survivor Series in November. The first SummerSlam took place at Madison Square Garden in New York, New York on August 29, 1988.
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