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WWE & AEW CLOSER TO HAVING FANS ALLOWED AT SHOWS
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said at a press conference today that bars, movie theaters and other entertainment venues are re-opening in 64 counties beginning this Friday.
According to The Ledger, this is how the state moves into Phase Two of DeSantis’ three-step plan to re-start the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic. The new Executive Order from DeSantis will allow businesses such as movie theaters, bowling alleys and concert halls to run at 50% capacity, with social distancing restrictions. It also allows bars to open at 50% capacity indoors, and at full capacity outside with proper social distancing of 6 feet between tables. Restaurants and retail spaces, which are currently operating at 50% capacity, could go to full capacity as long as they have the space to practice social distancing.
The changes do not apply to the three hardest-hit counties in the Sunshine State – Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. The order does not specify that sporting events will be allowed to resume with fans, but the fact that they’re re-opening venues such as concert halls is a step in that direction.
Despite the re-openings, DeSantis warned that COVID-19 is still a threat, saying;
“The virus isn’t gone.”
CHRISTIAN TO RETURN TO RAW, HOST PEEP SHOW WITH EDGE
Former World Heavyweight Champion Christian will return to WWE this Monday on RAW hosting a special edition of The Peep Show.
As announced on this weeks WWE Backstage, Christian revealed that he will be interviewing Edge, as ‘no one knows Edge better than him and he’s going to see where Edge’s head is at heading into Backlash.’
Edge is set to face Randy Orton at WWE Backlash on Sunday, June 14th in what WWE are calling ” the greatest wrestling match ever.”
CHELSEA GREEN REPORTEDLY SET TO BE CALLED UP
Louis Dangoor of WrestleTalk has reported that Chelsea Green has been in discussions regarding moving from NXT to RAW or SmackDown.
Fightful have confirmed these reports, although they added that there is no timetable for this to happen. Fightful also reported last Thursday that additional NXT call-ups are planned and expected to take place over the next month or so. Matt Riddle was recently announced as a member of the SmackDown roster this past Friday.
Green recently teamed with NXT Champion Charlotte Flair against Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley, and then fired her agent Robert Stone.
BUSHIROAD PLANNING TO RESTART EVENTS, TALENT TO TAKE ANTIBODY TESTS
The parent company for NJPW and Stardom Bushiroad issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the company is preparing to resume live events.
Both companies cancelled all events and have not run empty arena shows, and have repeatedly said they will not run until it is completely safe to do so. However, Bushiroad have started to make plans, saying;
Bushiroad Co., Ltd. has canceled and postponed many events from February in consideration of the situation of new coronavirus infection.
With the cancellation of the emergency declaration, we have decided to restart live events such as professional wrestling, stage performances, and live music performances, and have decided to carry out antibody tests for all athletes and performers for safety and security. I will inform you.
About carrying out antibody tests(Translated by Fightful via Google Translate)
For all live events such as New Japan Pro-wrestling performances, Stardom performances, theatrical group airship performances, and Bushiroad Music music live performances, a doctor will perform an antibody test in advance for all players and performers as well as staff members who are closely related.
No date has been confirmed for this reopening, but Japan recently lifted its state of emergency and will allow empty arena sports to begin on June 19th.
IMPACT ANNOUNCES SLAMMIVERSARY DATE, TEASES RELEASED WRESTLERS
At the end of last night’s episode of Impact, they announced the date for this years Slammiversary.
The video announced that Slammiversary 2020 will air live on PPV on Saturday, July 18th, but what has people talking is what happened before that.
The video featured an mystery person in a hoodie watching a news report, which was made to talk about “20-plus superstars were released from their contracts amidst the ongoing global pandemic” and that “their fate currently remains unknown”. They then showed Impact footage of Eric Young, EC3, Rockstar Spud (Drake Maverick), Luke Gallows, Karl Anderson, , Curt Hawkins, Maria and Mike Kanellis and a shot of a Bulgarian flag.
IMPACT has recently signed former NXT talent Deonna Purrazzo.
GCW UK TOUR POSTPONED
As expected, Game Changer Wrestling has announce that their trip to the United Kingdom has been postponed due to the pandemic.
GCW had announced that it partnered up with TNT Extreme Wrestling for a three-day tour at Liverpool’s Hangar 34 from August 27th to 29th. The first two days were GCW and TNT shows while the third day is being billed as a GCW vs. TNT show.
However, TNT announced today that the tour has been postponed on social media, saying;
Given the current uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation, we and Game Changer Wrestling have decided to postpone the following events…
Game Changer Wrestling: UK Tour 2020
TNT Extreme Wrestling vs. Game Changer Wrestling 2020
We and GCW are working together to reschedule a replacement date, but all pre-bout tickets will be honored on the new dates. If you wish to get a refund you can contact info@ wrestlingtravel. org.
At this point in time, TNT Extreme Wrestling does plan on running our own shows on the original set dates and look forward to hosting our American friends on UK soul very soon.
More information coming soon!
GCW has said that they are working on making new dates.