The coronavirus pandemic continues to cause numerous disruptions to everyday life and WWE events around the world. Despite moving ahead with weekly TV shows and WrestleMania 36 in a couple of weeks, the wrestling giant has had to cancel numerous other events. The latest casualties are a big event at Madison Square Garden scheduled for this week and their entire South African tour, the latter of which was set to take place later this spring.
WWE was originally scheduled to head back to MSG in New York City on Sunday, March 22, but that event has been canceled. This was the big event that was set to have multiple title matches and the reunion of D-Generation X.
On the official website of Madison Square Garden, there is not a lot said about the cancellation, but the new date has been revealed. It has been moved to Saturday, June 27, 2020, and the site states that all original tickets purchased will be honored for the new date.
Most of the matches on the card had something to do with WrestleMania 36, but those likely will no longer be relevant by the summer. No matches have been revealed for WWE’s return to MSG at this time, but more will be announced as the weeks go on.
With everything that is going on around the world amid the threat of COVID-19, the United States is not the only country seeing disruptions.
Wrestling Inc. reported that WWE’s entire South African tour scheduled for this May has now been postponed. It is still going to have stops in Cape Town, Durban, and Johannesburg, but it has been moved out to much later in the year and will take place from September 10 to 12, 2020.
According to the official announcement for the tour, the South African government has declared a “national state of disaster.” Due to that being in place, travelers from high-risk countries are banned from entering the nation and gatherings of more than 100 people have been indefinitely banned.
Fans who had tickets for the original shows in May will be able to use those they have or exchange them for tickets for the new dates.
WWE is doing whatever it can to keep some dates and events still going on during the coronavirus outbreak. Shows in Mobile, Alabama, and multiple events in New Orleans have all had to be rescheduled as well, but TV episodes are still taking place from closed-off, empty arenas. The Madison Square Garden show and South African tour ended up being postponed, but there will likely be many more schedule adjustments before everything returns to normal.