Ahead of schedule. The Coronavirus has changed the way the wrestling world works but things are starting to get back to normal. The biggest change has been the return of some fans to the shows, but the main question has been when they will be back in full. AEW has already announced that Double Or Nothing will have full capacity and that they will be back on the road in July. Now we know when WWE might be up next.
According to the Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast Twitter, WWE may feature the return of live fans on July 16, followed by July 18 and July 19. These dates would be a SmackDown, Extreme Rules and Monday Night Raw. It is not clear if fans would be returning full time after these dates or of this would be a test run for a later full time return. There are also no locations announced for the events. The account has broken accurate stories before, including NXT moving to Tuesday nights.
— Mat Men Pro Wrestling Podcast ? (@Matmenpodcast) May 15, 2021
These fans could be in for a treat. Check out what they might be seeing:
Opinion: This is interesting, though I’m not entirely surprised. AEW announcing its return to having live fans in attendance for early July made Summerslam, the previously planned return date, feel like a long way off. I’m curious to see if the fans are going to be back full time, but just having the fans back for a few days is going to make it seem like things are back to normal.
At the same time, this is a sign that things are starting to get a bit better. There are certainly arguments about not having full capacity events so soon, but at the same time, this seems to be what is happening whether people are ready or not. Hopefully everything winds up being ok, though I’m not sure what is going to happen if this winds up bringing about more infections across the board.
What do you think of the move? Would you go to a live event? 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.
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