It had been previously reported that many pro wrestling companies had taped a number of shows in various closed locations, in order to meet the guidelines set by the CDC due to COVID-19, or the Coronavirus. However, some companies are beginning to go back and forth between airing live and taped shows, to meet the demands of the networks that they are on.
According to the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, AEW is most like going to be back to live programming starting on May 6 from Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. It is unknown if this will be a weekly live show, or simply producing more live television more often than usual. However, this could also change depending on the circumstances, as they have enough taped episodes to last for several more weeks.
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If this is the case, the new schedule doesn’t have long enough breaks for the talent that does quarantine themselves for two weeks to be able to do so. If they have families and want to quarantine themselves afterward, they wouldn’t be able to see their family before, and still wouldn’t be able to.
This is not surprising, as live wrestling is obviously more fun to watch than a taped show. Plus, this keeps the wrestlers used to performing in real-time and keeping their skills sharp so that when it is time for fans to return to the shows, the performers will be as sharp as they can be!
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