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WWE Planning Big Taping | Wrestling News Update, March 19, 2020

With news on WWE’s schedule going forward, Matt Booker brings you the Wrestling News Update.

 

WWE PLANNING BIG PRE-RECORDING SCHEDULE

POST Wrestling’s John Pollock has reported that WWE has planned an ‘ambitious’ taping schedule in preparation for a possible lockdown.

Apparently, the company is leaving little to chance, with a plan to produce pre-taped content up to, and possibly including, WrestleMania.

What this looks like is the WWE taping a huge amount of material over the next week, including two editions of both RAW and SmackDown. It is unclear if WWE will pre-tape WrestleMania, with sources giving differing information.

ALABAMA BANS PRO WRESTLING

Alabama’s Governor, Kay Ivery has issued a temporary statewide ban on gatherings of 25 people or more. The move effectively bans pro wrestling.

The decision can in the form of a statewide health order. The wrestling world has been suffering in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. While many have switched to providing empty arena shows to keep running, even these are now under threat.

STARDOM ANNOUNCES ATTENDANCE POLICY AS JAPAN STARTS TO RECOVER

It was announced today that fans would indeed be attending Stardom’s Cinderella tournament next week.

With the improving condition in Japan, the government has made the decision to lift some sanctions going forward. This means that Startdom’s Cinderella tournament will be able to take place with fans in attendance providing certain criteria are met. Unsurprisingly, with the Covid-19 pandemic, public health is a major concern. Stardom has announced that the temperature of all attendees will be measured, with those who are above 37C being turned away. Stardom also promised to distribute masks free of charge.

See below for the tournament’s first-round matches:

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Hana Kimura
  • Utami Hayashishita vs. Maika
  • Natsuko Tora vs. Saya Kamitani
  • Tam Nakano vs. Saki Kashima
  • Syuri vs. Jamie Hayter
  • Konami vs. AZM
  • Jungle Kyona vs. Giulia
  • Momo Watanabe vs. Starlight Kid

BRIAN PILLMAN SELF ISOLATING WITH FLU LIKE SYMPTOMS

MLW star Brian Pillman Jr. has revealed that he is currently suffering flu-like symptoms and is self-isolating at home.

In an interview with Nick Hausman of Wrestling Inc, the star revealed that while he was suffering from the symptoms of the flu, he is feeling much better.

I’ve called the doctor a couple of times and they were really busy and couldn’t even get to me on the phone. I’ve decided to just stay home and isolate myself from other people,” revealed Pillman. “That’s the safest option instead of going flooding the hospital and medical system. I’m a 26-year-old and I’m not sure how much they can do for me. I could have it. I could not have it. But at the end of the day the safest decision is to stay home and heal. All of the signs are saying that I don’t have it. Now it’s just time for me to recover over this cold before I start leaving the house and doing things because then I don’t wanna have a lowered immune system for it to enter my body,

quote c/o WrestlingInc

ROH LOOKS TO LONG TERM PLAN

With the wrestling landscape in such turmoil at the moment, ROH had spoken about what it is planning for going forward in time.

While ROH has been gathering steam after a tough 2019, the COVID-19 outbreak has come at a particularly bad time for the promotion. ROH’s COO Joe Koff spoke to WrestlingInc about what is happening in the company. Joe was asked what would happen if the company was asked to keep from holding events after May 31 (the date given by many as a point when sanctions may be reassessed). Joe responded that it wouldn’t be ideal, but that ROH would, of course, comply.

If we have to, we have to. We’re gonna focus on what we can control and make sure we’re adhering to the right standards for humanity. We’re all living through a movie that we’re processing in real time. Even though we’re a 24/7 world and have pundits who can talk about it, I don’t think anyone’s really schooled enough right now to have an answer, so every day becomes a new challenge and a new question. So, we can only focus on what we can control.

We have to be honest about this unpredictability. I’m hoping, and based on what I’ve seen in the media, it seems to be abating in countries where it started about 6-8 weeks ago. So, we’re looking at that 6-8 week timeline. But a lot of hard decisions aren’t only made by us, they’re made by jurisdictions. If that’s indeed the case, then we will book it at that time and deal with it at that time.

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