There is a lot of confusion happening around the world right now due to the coronavirus, and that also applies to WWE. With their biggest event of the year set to take place in less than three weeks, chairman Vince McMahon and other company executives met with Tampa city officials on Thursday afternoon. After discussions were held, WWE revealed the status of WrestleMania 36, telling fans that nothing has changed as of yet.
With the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe, many sporting events and other things have had to be canceled. The NBA, MLS, and NHL have all suspended their current seasons while Major League Baseball has pushed back its opening day by at least two weeks.
Wrestling Inc. reported that during WWE’s meeting with Tampa officials, a number of major events were discussed, with the idea that they could be postponed or canceled entirely depending on the situation with the virus.
With a good bit of time before WrestleMania 36 remaining, Hillsborough Commissioner Les Miller said that the city is not ready to make a call just yet. He said they “don’t want to pull that plug” by canceling the huge wrestling show, and they will “give it at least a week” to see what is going to happen.
If necessary at that point, an emergency meeting will be called to come to a determination.
WrestleMania 36 is set to take place on Sunday, April 5. As many fans already know, numerous events happen in the week leading up to the pay-per-view, including NXT TakeOver, the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony, the fan Axxess event, and many more.
PW Insider received an official statement from WWE regarding the status of WrestleMania 36, and the company is working side-by-side with the city of Tampa.
“While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is cancelled by government officials, civil authorities and/or local venues. The health and safety of our fans, performers and employees are our top priorities and we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and government officials in Tampa Bay.“
If WrestleMania 36 was to be postponed or canceled right now, an executive order would have to be issued twice. Any executive order is only issued for seven days, which means the city of Tampa is simply going to wait until the date for the event draws closer.
WWE is sincerely hoping that WrestleMania 36 can go on as planned and scheduled, but it would be understandable if that isn’t possible. Right now, things are still moving ahead as if the event will push forward, but officials will meet again soon to make a proper determination. Despite early reports suggesting otherwise, Friday Night SmackDown has already been moved and will have no spectators this week, but the “Show of Shows” still has time to go on as planned.