Vince McMahon loves many things; family, money, big muscly men but most importantly the thing McMahon loves most is Wrestlemania.
Wrestlemania is McMahon’s brain child, his proudest idea but now with the global spread of coronavirus; it is in real jeopardy of being cancelled. With the event set to take place in Tampa Bay, Florida next month. Florida has the sixth highest rate of ‘Covid-19’ cases in the US and has shut down every school in the state, so it is looking almost inevitable that the event cannot take place on April 5th.
WWE have announced in a statement that they have a contingency plan in place:
“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,” reads their statement.
This statement has not gone down too well with the city of Tampa Bay officials who replied to WWE with a statement of their own:
“I’m hoping that Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves, but a week from now, if they’ve not done that and we’re still in the situation we’re in, we’ll probably have to pull the plug on that,” said Les Miller the Hillsborough commissioner.
Currently WWE are still producing their weekly wrestling shows but are doing them all behind closed doors and have moved them to their performance centre in Florida. This could be an option for Wresltemania but it is highly unlikely that the biggest event on the WWE calendar that has broke so many attendance records in the past will be held without fans.
It seems like the rest of the world and even most of the WWE superstars know that the event can not take place as originally planned but we still await to see if Vince McMahon will admit defeat to yet another tough opponet; Covid-19.