The Show Must Go On: Are You Still All In On Wrestlemania?

Mike McKenzie
March 30, 2020 - 1:07 pm
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon

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Every year thousands of WWE fans travel from across the world to attend WrestleMania, resulting in audience sizes of 80K – 100K, a crowd larger than the Super Bowl itself.

This year ends that streak. The Covid-19 virus has yet again affected another worldwide sport phenomenon. 

For the first time since 1985, WrestleMania won’t be deemed as the “Super Bowl of Wrestling.” Even one of their superstars Roman Reigns will not participate at all this year because of Coronavirus concerns and not wanting to travel.  But what does this mean for the WWE Universe?

WWE announced in a press release that they will be moving WrestleMania to a closed venue at their Performance Center in Orlando instead of Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay. The event will become a two-night event with no fans in attendance.

Over the past couple weeks, fans have seen a taste of what the future of WrestleMania will look like during their weekly televised shows, RAW and SMACKDOWN. The wrestlers performed as normal but with no fans and at the Performance Center. It’s different and will take some getting used to. However, the wrestlers themselves still do a great job playing their character and putting on a show for the viewers. Although the performance is stellar, you can easily tell that the crowds’ energy and presence is missed even by the wrestlers themselves.

So why not cancel WrestleMania or postpone it until a later date?

Vince McMahon is known to be a man who waits until the last minute and runs out of all options before making a drastic move. Unlike other sporting events, (March Madness, MLB Opening day and the NBA) WWE has the flexibility to execute its event and still stay under the nationwide governing rules:

  1. During a typical wrestling match you need no more than three people in the ring at a time. If you include the ring announcers that totals five people and they can be 10-15 feet away from the wrestlers. (Still follows the rule of having no more than 10 people in a room.)
  2. If pre-recorded, they have the flexibility to move around to different enclosed locations.

As a fan, I would still watch WrestleMania’s two-night event on April 4 and 5, hosted by former NFL superstar Rob Gronkowski. Outside of wrestling legends returning for one-off matches (the Undertaker, John Cena, Goldberg, Edge and more…) I’m anxious to witness the creative mind of McMahon and the WWE creative team with the hurdles they have to face of pre-recording the event, working with limited space and time.

Here is the latest card for WrestleMania:

  • WWE Championship -- Brock Lesnar (c) vs. Drew McIntyre
  • Universal Championship -- Goldberg (c)  vs. TBD
  • Edge vs. Randy Orton (Last Man Standing)
  • John Cena vs. "The Fiend" Bray Wyatt
  • Raw Women's Championship -- Becky Lynch (c) vs. Shayna Baszler
  • NXT Women's Championship -- Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Charlotte Flair
  • SmackDown Women's Championship -- Bayley (c) vs. Lacey Evans vs. Tamina vs. Naomi vs. Sasha Banks
  • The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles (Boneyard Match) 
  • Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins
  • Raw Tag Team Championship -- The Street Profits (c) vs. Andrade & Angel Garza

Fans or no fans, wrestling is a sport, no matter what WrestleMania looks like this year for their two-night extravaganza. One thing you can guarantee, every single wrestler will get on stage and put their all on the line for the WWE Universe.

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