That’s called dodging a bullet. One of the most fascinating things about the professional wrestling world at the moment is the lack of live fans in the arenas. That has to throw the wrestlers (at least the ones currently working) off their game as it isn’t something that happens most of the time. However, it might be about to get even worse, at least for the time being.
WWE has a major advantage over most of the wrestling promotions in the world as they own their own facility. They have managed to run all of their recent evens from the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida and that has meant they can keep their shows going with no real problem. That might be changing though and it could mean something bad for WWE.
On Tuesday, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings has issued a Stay At Home order for the city, meaning that only essential work will be done with all non-essential businesses being forced to be shut down. The order will begin on Thursday March 26 at 11pm and last for two weeks. The WWE Performance Center is in Orlando, Florida and will be closed as well during this period. WWE has planned in advance for this and has filmed over a week’s worth of content so far, with WrestleMania 36 being taped on Wednesday and Thursday.
Under the Executive Order announced by @OCFLMayor and @orlandomayor today, you should stay at home, unless it is absolutely essential. This takes effect this Thursday, March 26 at 11 p.m. pic.twitter.com/lwak6i4gi7
— City of Orlando (@citybeautiful) March 24, 2020
That’s a big relief. Check out what is closing on Thursday:
Opinion: Thankfully WWE actually planned in advance for a change as this is the kind of thing that could have crippled them for a long time. There is no word on what it means for the post-WrestleMania Monday Night Raw or what they are going to have to do if the order is extended. We should at least have WrestleMania, even if the wrestlers are going to be exhausted when it is finally done. This is better than nothing though and at this point, WWE has to take what they can get.
What does this mean for WWE’s future? Where else could they run events? Let us know in the comments below.
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books. Get the latest and greatest in professional wrestling news by signing up for our daily email newsletter. Just look below for “GET EXCLUSIVE UPDATES” to sign up. Thank you for reading!