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NXT & WrestleMania Moved To Performance Center | Wrestling News Update, March 16, 2020

With more postponements and cancellations, Matt Booker updates you more on COVID-19 in the Wrestling News Update.

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WRESTLEMANIA 36 MOVED TO PERFORMANCE CENTRE

WWE have confirmed that WrestleMania will take place at the WWE Performance Centre. Click here for the full story.

NXT CONFIRMED AT THE PERFORMANCE CENTRE

WWE has confirmed that this week’s episode of NXT will take place at the Performance Centre. The move was expected partly due to the COVID-19 pandemic but necessitated by Full Sail announcing a cessation of live events over the weekend.

This will mark the second week in a row that NXT has been held at WWE’s training centre. Last week NXT was forced to vacate Full Sail as the University had its own event at the venue. 

WWE released a statement announcing the move which read as follows:

This Wednesday night, NXT will air live as regularly scheduled and emanate from WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida with only essential personnel in attendance. The event was originally scheduled at Full Sail Live.  Refunds are available at point of purchase. 

EDGE CONFIRMED FOR TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF RAW

Edge has confirmed that he will be at tonight’s episode of RAW. The star made the announcement in a tweet late last night.

This may come as little surprise to some, Edge was announced to be appearing on tonight’s episode by the PPG Paints Arena last week. The PPG Paints Arena was supposed to host this evening’s episode before WWE moved the location to the Performance Center on Friday.

JUSHIN THUNDER LIGER TO BE INDUCTED INTO WWE HALL FO FAME

Heavily rumoured for some time, Jushin Thunder Liger was confirmed today as an inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame. Click here to read the full story of this much-deserved recognition.

WWE OFFICE EMPLOYEES TO WORK FROM HOME

PWInsider has reported that inline to advise, all WWE staff working at Head Quarters in Stamford, CT are being asked to work from home.

WWE has joined many companies in doing all they can to stem the infection rate and keep their staff at home during this difficult period. Apparently, the news was delivered to staff via e-mail today, asking them to work remotely.

NWA TO POSTPONE THE CROCKETT CUP

NWA has announced they are to postpone this year’s Crockett Cup and subsequent taping of Powerrr. Click here to read the full story.

IMPACT POSTPONES TWO MARCH SHOWS

Unfortunately, the postponements and cancellations keep coming as Impact Wrestling announces that two shows that were planned for March would be postponed.

Their Impact Plus event, Lockdown, due to happen on March 28, and a Twitch show on March 29 will both be postponed. With all wrestling promotions facing very tough choices at the moment, Impact stated that they are, “reviewing the recommendations from the appropriate government agencies and local communities” regarding their April events.

MARTIN KIRBY RETIRES

In a move that has shocked and saddened many, Martin Kirby announced his retirement from wrestling yesterday.

Martin has been a major force in British wrestling since his debut in 2006. Debuting in 2006 for 3 Count Wrestling, Kirby went on to wrestle for almost every British promotion, far too many to mention. During his career, he held many titles, including, Defiant Internet Champion, Target Wrestling Champion, WCPW World Champion, PCW Tag Champion, and RevPro Tag Champion among many others. 

Martin has received a huge amount of support from the wrestling world, messages have poured in from the likes of Colt Cabana, El Ligero, Austin Aries, Killian Dain, Evil Uno and David Star.

PRO WRESTLING SOUL CANCEL EVENTS

In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, Pro Wrestling Soul has been forced to cancel two shows.

The first is booked for March 27 Merton Arts Space, Wimbledon, and the second was to take place at Goldsmith’s University, New Cross was due for April 17. 

The company had offered refunds to anyone interested but has also promised to exchange tickets for the May 15, or July 17 shows.

ATTACK WRESTLING CANCELS EVENTS ON MARCH AND APRIL

Attack Wrestling has announced, that in line with Governmental advice, they will be cancelling their shows booked for March 20 and April 5. The company stated that the cancellations are, of course, to protect the health of fans and staff alike. 

Tickets purchased for the events will be refunded, or happily exchanged for any other event running this year from May 16.

DYNAMITE TO BE FILMED ON A CLOSED SET LOCATION FROM NOW ON

To keep going in such adverse conditions, AEW has taken the move of announcing, like WWE, that their weekly show will be filmed on a closed set.

AEW doesn’t have a facility like the Performace Center, so all future episode will also be filmed on a closed set. AEW released a statement on Twitter announcing the move. In the article, the company promises refunds to all fans who have purchased tickets. Please see the full statement below:

As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the AEW DYNAMITE show on April 15 in Boston, MA, will be relocated. The relocated show will be televised live on TNT on April 15. Until further notice, live episodes of DYNAMITE will be produced at closed set locations with essential personnel only. The DYNAMITE show in Boston will be rescheduled for Wednesday, August 5, at Agganis Arena.

Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Boston show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on August 5. Additional details will be forthcoming.

We appreciate your understanding as the safety and well-being of our fans and talent is always our top priority.  We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation related to COVID-19 and be guided by government officials, health organizations and venue management.

TNT EXTREME WRESTLING ANNOUNCES POSTMOMENTS

Another promotion joining those cancelling shows is TNT Extreme Wrestling. The company has stated that while it has never cancelled or postponed a show before, the current state of affairs was forcing their hand. 

Again the move was taken to safeguard the safety of staff and fans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company has announced the cancellation of all shows until the end of June. They clearly state that they will reassess the situation in June, and make a decision then.

The company promise to refund all purchased tickets asap and to contact their season pass holders individually.

MEGASLAM WRESTLING POSTPONE SHOWS

In response to Governmental advice, Megaslam Wrestling has announced they will be postponing the rest of their March shows. At the moment the company are trying to continue with their April bookings, and are in constant communication with the venues. 

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