WWE’s biggest show of the year, WrestleMania 36, will now take place in an empty studio due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Originally slated to be held in Tampa, Florida on 5 April, the mega event, considered the Superbowl of Professional Wrestling will now take place in the WWE Performance Centre, a training centre used by up and coming grapplers signed to the company.
Watching a show of this magnitude with no fans in attendance or a crowd for that matter will be hard to stomach. But the big wigs at the WWE are seemingly confident in the ability of their superstars to put on a good show without the feel or buzz of a capacity crowd.
The event, which will stream live on 5 April will see legends such as Brock Lesnar, Bill Goldberg and The Undertaker take on opponents such as Drew McIntyre, Roman Reigns and AJ Styles. The other high profile matches include The Fiend vs John Cena and Edge vs Randy Orton.
The WWE has continued to produce shows such as SmackDown and RAW from its Performance Centre last week but without fan interaction, the shows came off eerily at best. It remains to be seen if the hype of WrestleMania will be able to change that somewhat.
statement from the WWE reads:
“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place. However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”