Various reports are suggesting that it's likely that Metallica will perform live at the WWE's annual pay-per-view event, SummerSlam, which will be held this year at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on August 19th.

This year's event will mark the 25th installment of SummerSlam. The original took place in 1988 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and featured Hulk Hogan and "Macho Man" Randy Savage defeating the team of "The Million Dollar Man" Ted Dibiase and Andre The Giant in the main event. WWE considers SummerSlam to be their 2nd biggest event of the year behind Wrestlemania.

Live musical performances at WWE pay-per-views are nothing new as recording artists like Motorhead, Limp Bizkit, Kid Rock, Saliva, Drowning Pool and Snoop Dogg have all played at WWE events.

I understand WWE wanting to make SummerSlam as big as possible, but I'm not a huge fan of having bands play live at wrestling events. More times than not, the crowd seems bored with live music being wedged into their wrestling action. Nothing against Metallica or any of the bands who have performed at WWE events before, but when I pay good money to watch wrestling I don't have much interest in seeing anything that isn't wrestling. Likewise, I don't really want to watch a wrestling match in the middle of a Metallica concert. It's not what I'm there for.

Either way, at least I like Metallica better than last year's SummerSlam performer, Cee Lo Green.

Shaffee