SMACKDOWN MOVED TO THE PERFORMANCE CENTER
Friday Night SmackDown Proceeds With No Live Audience
Friday Night SmackDown on March 13 will air live as regularly scheduled and emanate from WWE’s training facility in Orlando, FL, with only essential personnel in attendance. The event was originally scheduled in Detroit, MI. pic.twitter.com/o9mR2SNhAj
— WWE (@WWE) March 12, 2020
WWE has decided to move Friday’s episode to the Performace Center in Florida. Click here to find out about other measures the company has taken in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
WRESTLEMANIA REMAINS ON AS OFFICIALS DELAY DECISION
Hillsborough County FL Emergency Policy Group has declared that it will not decide to cancel or postpone WrestleMania, yet.
The group stated that clearly that if WWE didn’t cancel or postpone themselves the group would meet again in a week. This was reinforced by the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis. In a press conference earlier today he asked local governments and private groups to strongly consider postponing or scaling back large gatherings.
Twitter account WrestleVotes tweeted twice yesterday about the situation. In the morning the mood appeared positive, with a source reportedly saying that “if it can go on as planned, it will”. Unfortunatetly, by the evening the update had the opposite tone, simply reading “Update: It’s not looking good now”.
WWE has just issued a statement on the situation, stating that while they are committed on holding the event on April 5 at the Raymond James Stadium, they were making contingency plans for different scenarios. WWE also stated that the health and safety of performers and fans were of paramount importance. See below for the full statement:
While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is cancelled by government officials, civil authorities and/or local venues. The health and safety of our fans, performers and employees are our top priorities and we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and government officials in Tampa Bay.
AEW DYNAMITE THROWN INTO CONFUSION OVER COVID-19
AEW suffered two blows earlier today. The rookie promotion has been informed that their show in Rochester, NY has been moved to Jacksonville, FL and will be in front of a ‘restricted audience’. The second show in Newark, NY has been cancelled.
The issues for both is, of course, the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are taking new actions to reduce the density of people across the state.
Starting Friday at 5pm, gatherings with 500 people or more will not be permitted in NYS.
Additionally, for facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer, we are reducing the legal capacity by 50%.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 12, 2020
The bad news started this morning when New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo banned gatherings of 500 or more people for the foreseeable future. This, of course, means next week’s episode of Dynamite will not be held in Rochester New Jersey as planned.
Compounding AEW’s issues, only moments ago, the Prudential Center, set to host the March 25 episode of Dynamite, announced that all events through March were to be cancelled. This means that the Blood and Guts match between the Inner Circle and The Elite will not go ahead as planned.
Prudential Center and The New Jersey Devils have released a statement regarding the NHL’s decision to suspend the season. pic.twitter.com/NmXEEf3caZ
— Prudential Center (@PruCenter) March 12, 2020
CORONAVIRUS CANCELLED OTT SCRAPPERMANIA 6
Unfortunately, OTT has been forced to cancel ScrapperMania 6. Click here to read OTT’s press release and analysis of the decision.
WXW SHOW CANCELED
wXw’s 16 Carat Gold Revenge show has unfortunately been cancelled due to the virus. The show was supposed to take place in Tampa Florida on April 4.
Unfortunately, wXw’s issues are even more complicated than most other promotions. wXw is based in Germany, President Trump’s surprise travel ban, which comes into effect tomorrow, prevents a substantial proportion of wXw’s roster and production crew from travelling to the United States.
The show was supposed to be part of WWN’s WRESTLExpo happening over WrestleMania weekend. Gabe Sapolsky promised more information regarding wXw’s cancellation in an upcoming press release.
NU RIOT PRO CANCEL DISENGAGE THE SIMULATOR
Nu Riot’s upcoming ‘Disengage the Simulator’ show, scheduled for May 3, has been cancelled. All tickets purchased for the event will be refunded.
The news gets worse for the promotion, with the current state of world health, the decision has been made to put the entirety of Nu Riot on indefinite hiatus. Although Alex promises that the promotion will return, this is not a decision that has been taken lightly, or in haste.
BOTH AEW AND NXT BOTH IN WEDNESDAY RATINGS
This week’s ratings are in, and both AEW and NXT lost out to the news as coronavirus coverage dominates.
While both promotions were down, AEW was down 140,000 from 906,000 to 766,000 this week. NXT also suffered a loss, though not quite as dramatic, losing only 21,000 viewers, from 718,000 to 697,000.
While news channels were up this week compared to last, it should also note that President Trump made a public address during both shows, further affecting ratings.
ROH CANCELS 18TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW
Dear ROH Family, after much consideration and consultation with local officials regarding COVID-19, ROH has decided to cancel this weekend’s 18th Anniversary (March 13th)& Past vs Present (March 14th) shows at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas. More on https://t.co/H9Fx1fgf5F
— ROH Wrestling (@ringofhonor) March 12, 2020
ROH has also been forced into taking action during this health emergency, cancelling their 18th-anniversary event, Past vs. Present. Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer broke the news before ROH confirmed the situation.
ROH just cancelled this weekend’s shows, including the Anniversary show.
— Bryan Alvarez (@bryanalvarez) March 12, 2020
The decision wasn’t taken lightly and was made in conjunction with local officials from Las Vegas. The company has stated that while the show was special to them and their fans, everyone’s health was of utmost importance. See the company’s full statement below.
Dear ROH Family,
After much consideration and consultation with local officials regarding COVID-19, ROH has decided to cancel this weekend’s 18th Anniversary (Friday, March 13th) and Past vs Present (Saturday, March 14th) shows at Sam’s Town Live in Las Vegas.
This extremely difficult decision was made in conjunction with the most recent developments surrounding COVID-19, known as the Coronavirus.
While the marquee ’18th Anniversary’ and the very special ‘Past v Present’ events were ready to show the world why Ring of Honor is truly the ‘Best Professional Wrestling on the Planet,’ the safety and health of our fans, talents and staff are always our utmost priority.
Additional Information will be provided as soon as possible regarding refunds and potential rescheduling of the events that were set to transpire this weekend.
Once again, thank you for understanding and we truly appreciate your continued patronage and support.