And now it’s confirmed. The Coronavirus has been all over the news as of late and has all but wiped out the American sports scene. This of course includes professional wrestling, with so much of the focus being on WrestleMania. There are other things going on at the same time though and that includes the regular weekly television shows. With a lot left to go before WrestleMania, some decisions have to be made, and one of them has been made in a hurry.
One of the biggest problems with the spread of the virus has been large crowds gathering together. The virus spreads so quickly between people and they take it back wherever they have been. As a result, several states and cities have banned, or at least requested, having such large gatherings of any kind. This can create a problem for wrestling, but WWE has a solution.
WWE has released a statement to Prowrestlingsheet.com, announcing that this week’s SmackDown will be taking place at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida instead of the previously announced Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit, Michigan. This comes after NXT took place at the Performance Center, albeit due to an event at Full Sail University instead of the virus. There is no word on whether any changes will be made, including John Cena or Paige appearing as the two of them were both advertised.
The Performance Center is quite the facility. Check out where SmackDown is going:
Opinion: This is one of those things where WWE didn’t exactly have a choice so they can only do one or two different things. It makes as much sense as anything else and there is a good chance that we will be seeing this again a few times. Hopefully things get better and back to normal sooner than later, but at least WWE has the Performance Center to keep things going if that is all they can do.
How do you see the show going? Is this their best idea? Let us know in the comments below.
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