WWE COMING UNDER PRESSURE TO CANCEL/POSTPONE WRESTLEMANIA
A sound bite from Thursday’s emergency meeting of Hillsborough Policy Group has emerged today putting extra pressure on WWE to cancel or postpone WrestleMania.
The quote came from Les Miller, Hillborough County Commissioner. He said that if WWE doesn’t move to postpone the biggest show on WWE’s calendar, then it was likely that the decision would be made for them. The full quote is as follows:
“I’m hoping that Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves but a week from now, if they’ve not done that and we’re still in the situation we’re in, we’ll probably have to pull the plug on that,”
The result of the meeting wasn’t anywhere near as strongly worded as the quote. WWE did put out a press release in response to the County meeting saying that they were making plans if the show was cancelled by any agency:
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 canceled by government officials, civil authorities and/or local venues.
WWE has shown already the lengths it is prepared to go to keep their shows going. With the movement of last night’s SmackDown, and Monday’s RAW to the Performance Center shocking a sizeable number of fans. WrestleMania is, of course, a totally different proposition though, with the company viewing it as their yearly showcase and the beginning of a new year.
NXT LOOKING FOR A NEW VENUE AS FULL SAIL SUSPENDS EVENTS
In response to the Covid-19 outbreak, Full Sail University has suspended all group events until the end of April.
This will, of course, affect NXT, which uses Full Sail as it’s home and broadcasts weekly from the venue.
NXT will likely move to the Performance Center alongside RAW and SmackDown. In fact, last week’s episode came from the Performance Center as Full Sail had a prior booking.
Full Sail issued a statement on the suspension, please see below:
After careful review of current news regarding the COVID-19 virus, commonly referred to as Coronavirus, and an assessment of the needs and health concerns of our staff, faculty, and campus students, we have decided to suspend classes and labs for campus students as of Monday, March 16, and move all students in campus programs to online versions of their courses as of Wednesday, March 18. All campus students will then continue to attend online through the remainder of March and all of April. We understand that you are in the middle of a course currently, and your educators are working on a course-by-course basis to address your educational needs.
In addition, all group events on campus will be suspended through the end of April, and you will receive an update about April’s graduation event in the coming days.
Although there have been no confirmed cases or immediate concerns at Full Sail University, our monthly educational cycle makes it easy to adapt quickly for the benefit of our students. With that in mind, we will continue to evaluate the situation throughout the next six weeks, and our sincere hope is that we will be able to welcome students back to campus for official course classes and labs on May 4. However, at this time we understand the need for responsible action and decision-making to minimize community spread of the virus, and feel that this course of action will be the best for our students, staff, faculty, and community as a whole.
We realize you may have questions or concerns regarding subjects such as classes, coursework, and financial aid, and our faculty and staff stands ready to assist you during this time. You will be receiving more specific information about the course that you’re currently in and next month’s course by Tuesday, March 17 via email – information and updates will also be available via Full Sail One, on all Full Sail’s social media channels, and here. Thank you for your understanding as we all work together to support you and keep you continuing to pursue your education and career goals throughout this time.
The situation of course remains fluid, and we will continue to communicate as further decisions are made.
With respect and appreciation,
Garry I. Jones
Full Sail University
AAA POSTPONES REY DE REYES 2020
— Lucha Libre AAA (@luchalibreaaa) March 14, 2020
Another postponement has come from a major promotion concerning the Covid-19 virus. Their Rey De Reyes event, one of the biggest of their year, was due to take place on March 21 in Merida, Yucatan.
In their press release, the company said the safety of their fans, fighters, and personnel was the most important thing and the driving force behind the decision. They ask fans to keep checking social media for more information and then thank the fans for their understanding.
CANCELLATIONS CONTINUE IN WRESTLING WORLD
Throughout today another clutch of wrestling promotions cancelled or postponed events due to the Covid-19 pandemic. PWG, PWX, MCW, Ohio Valley, Punk Pro Wrestling and Prestige Wrestling all announced that they had axed events.
- Ohio Valley announced that it had suspended weekly TV shows until April 7. Clip shows, made from their huge library are planned instead.
- Punk Pro Wrestling cancelled their Mania’ weekend shows.
- PWG announced the postponing of their KOBE show, and go on to say that while they have a new date in mind, they’ll watch the situation and announce closer to the time.
- PWX announced that their march 14 and 21 shows will be postponed. Rescheduled to either April or May depending.
- MCW postpones their following shows March 14, 15, 21, and April 7. The first two shows will go ahead on May 29 and 30 respectively.
- Prestige Wrestling cancels April 2 show and postpones PrestigeRoseland2.
DASH WILDER FILES TRADEMARK
Current WWE star Dash Wilder filed a trademark at the start of the week for ‘Cash Wheeler’.
This comes on the back of sevral trademarks filed last month by the pair. They included both ‘top guys’, and ‘no flips, just fists’. The newest trademark was filed for the following use:
Entertainment in the nature of wrestling contests; Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a professional wrestler and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing online interviews featuring a professional wrestler and sports entertainer in the field of professional wrestling and sports entertainment for entertainment purposes
The Revival’s contracts both expire this year, WWE seems keen to re-sign them (if nothing else to keep them from rivals AEW). However, Dash and Dawson seem to be determined to leave, regardless of the incentives offered by WWE.
FREELANCE WRESTLING ANNOUNCE WRESTLING TELETHON
— Freelance Wrestling (@FreelanceWres) March 14, 2020
In response to Covid-19, Freelance Wrestling has announced a new event, set to take place in Chicago.
The plan is for the event to be streamed online, with viewers able to donate to the wrestler’s PayPal accounts.
At present no more information has been released, so wrestlers and dates aren’t available yet. But Freelance Wrestling is working on conjunction with IWTV. More information is promised soon.