All publicity is good right? The world has been shaken up by the Coronavirus and that isn’t going to be changing anytime in the near future. It is not clear when things are going to improve by leaps and pounds and that is going to be the case for a long time to come. Some things are starting to get a little closer to normal, while others never really changed. One of those was WWE, and now people are starting to take notice.
Back in March, WWE moved all of its shows to the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, where Monday Night Raw, NXT and SmackDown have continued to produce new episodes ever since. Then in April, the Governor of Florida declared WWE an essential business, allowing it to continue operating in the state no matter what happened. This ruling was later expanded to all professional sports in the state, including AEW. It has been a complex situation, but someone is going to make it a little less complicated.
I don’t think WWE is going to be pleased. Check out where they were brought up most recently (the WWE section begins at 7:40):
John Oliver discussed the situation on the latest edition of Last Week Tonight, mentioning that WWE has continued to run shows in Florida throughout the pandemic. Oliver brought up the amount of people involved in these productions and included a quote from Vince McMahon, saying that fans are starved for new content, meaning WWE could drive interest up in its product with fresh material. Oliver’s conclusion was that new content is not worth the risks associated with putting on such events, no matter what precautions are taken. He also mentioned AEW running similar shows before moving on to other sports.
Opinion: I’m not sure how much of an impact this is going to make but WWE has not exactly been hurt by how they are being seen in this whole situation. WWE may have been cleared to do all of these things, but that does not make them the right thing to do. Sports are slowly coming back, but wrestling has been there the entire time with few changes to the in-ring product. I’m not sure if WWE is going to care, though they might if their fans don’t all come back.
What did you think of the clip? Should wrestling have gone away for a little while? 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!