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RAW TO BE HELD IN WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER
PWInsider has reported that next Monday’s RAW will take place at the WWE Performance Center.
This move follows WWE’s decision to cancel tonight’s Smackdown taping in Detroit, moving it to the PC due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
It could be likely that the Performance Centre is home to all WWE programming for the foreseeable future.
FS1 SUSPENDS LIVE STUDIO SHOWS, INCLUDING WWE BACKSTAGE
FS1 has suspended production on their studio shows, meaning WWE Backstage will be on an indefinite hiatus.
FOX Sports issued a statement today announcing that production on FS1’s live studio shows are being suspended through at least next Friday, saying:
Out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to suspend production of our live FS1 daily studio shows through at least Friday, March 20.
Our top priority is the health and safety of our employees. We will continue to monitor the situation and adjust accordingly.
Appearances by CM Punk and NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley had been announced for next Tuesday’s episode of Backstage.
WWE HOUSE SHOWS IN OHIO AND CANADA CANCELLED
WWE’s next house shows in Toronto, CA and Youngstown, OH respectively have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, Canada released the following statement:
“The WWE Live Road to WrestleMania SuperShow event scheduled for this Saturday, March 14 at Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto has been cancelled. Refunds are available at all points of purchase.”
The Covelli Centre, which was scheduled to run the Sunday house show in Youngstown, posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
“In accordance with the proclamation issued by Governor DeWine, the WWE live event scheduled for this Sunday, March 15 in Youngstown, Ohio has been canceled. Refunds are available at all points of purchase.”
Mike DeWine, governor of Ohio, has issued an order requiring there to be no spectators at indoor events.
AEW DYNAMITE EPISODE IN DOUBT
Yesterday, AEW announced that next weeks episode of Dynamite would be moved from Rochester, New York to Jacksonville, Florida due to the Coronavirus pandemic. However, this back-up plan could be in question now following Mayor Lenny Curry suspending events at city facilities following a confirmed case of the new strain of coronavirus.
AEW is headquartered in Jacksonville and had announced plans to broadcast Dynamite from Daily’s Place with a small audience present next Wednesday night. However, Daily’s Place is connected to TIAA Field, which is mentioned in the release as a venue where events will not be allowed to take place.
However, AEW have continued to advertise matches since then so one would assume the show is still going ahead. In addition, Dave Meltzer has said that the show will go ahead with no fans in attendance.
JURASSIC EXPRESS VS BUTCHER AND THE BLADE ANNOUNCED FOR DYNAMITE
All Elite Wrestling have confirmed a tag-team match for next Wednesday’s show if it goes ahead.
The Butcher & The Blade will take on The Jurassic Express on next week’s show. This is based from last weeks six-man tag team match, where Butcher and The Blade alongside MJF beat the Jurassic Express.