WWE’s WrestleMania 36 will move forward as scheduled, at least for now.
As we’ve noted, top WWE officials and local officials met today in Tampa to discuss the status of WrestleMania 36 and the coronavirus pandemic. Local officials were also discussing the possible cancellation and changes to other events in the area.
With WrestleMania still 3 weeks away, officials have decided that they do not want to cancel the event just yet.
“Right now WrestleMania is out about three weeks,” Hillsborough Commissioner Les Miller said this afternoon. “We came to the conclusion that at this point, we don’t want to pull that plug. However we wanted to give it at least a week to see what was going to happen, if WWE was going to do anything at all. If they don’t, at that point, I will suggest that we do come together for an emergency meeting to discuss what we do at that particular point in time.”
It was noted that WWE and local officials will reconvene next week as we get closer to April 5, which is the day of the WrestleMania 36 pay-per-view from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. WrestleMania 36 Week and the non-WWE wrestling events will begin in the area several days before that.
Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and city officials did cancel weekend events in the area, including the River O’Green Fest, but didn’t make the same decision on WWE because they still have a few weeks.
County Attorney Paul Johnston said that any executive order that they issue is for seven days, so they would have to re-issue it twice to postpone or cancel the event.
“Any emergency order that this Board institutes only has a life of seven days, so we’re going to have to extend it at least two more times between now and WrestleMania so you have time to consider it,” he said.
Stay tuned for more updates on the COVID-19 outbreak impacting the world of pro wrestling. Audio of the portion of the meeting regarding WrestleMania will appear on today’s edition of The Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast, which will drop this afternoon. Click here to subscribe on iTunes.
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