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WWE was not able to conduct even a single TV episode outside Orlando, Florida since the March 9th episode of Monday Night RAW in Washington D.C. Coronavirus is the reason behind this just like any other sport that got to be in a halt. But at least, WWE programming never came into a halt and they continued to entertain the people throughout these tough times.
Pro-wrestling programming is something where the presence of the audience is somewhat mandatory. Their energy is the key thing, based on which a show can be tagged, successful. Coronavirus hasn’t allowed to let them enter the shows since March 9th. But the positive thing is that WWE is planning to bring them back, pretty sooner.
PWInsider.com is reporting that WWE is hoping to host live events by the end of this summer. Fans will be added back in attendance for the show for the first time in coronavirus pandemic.
“We are told that the company is hoping, if all works out, to be prepared to hold live events by the end of the summer.”
The insider belief is that WWE could eventually plan events outside the Performance Center in Florida, as well. Apart from the PC, only Full Sail University has been used to tape shows.
But it was earlier stated by Vince McMahon that other states than Florida are eager to host WWE shows. So WWE could be having backup venues as alternative options to host their weekly programs.
It was also noted that “some in the company are even hoping to run events outside of TV tapings at the Performance Center or Full Sail Live by August, but others believe that timeframe is premature. The entire process has been described as being very ‘day to day’ with plans and strategies quickly changing as the company works to establish different contingency plans.”
As of now, WWE has already started booking venues from September onwards, so they could be running live events by then. Triple H also recently said that fans would be allowed to attend WWE events ‘soon’, perhaps after some checking related to coronavirus issues.
On a related note, the coronavirus scare has become bigger within WWE in recent times. Florida is a hotspot for the deadly virus with thousands of people getting affected in a single day. Several WWE producers, talents have recently been detected with the coronavirus. Backstage announcers, Renee Young and Kayla Braxton are amongst them.