The COVID-19 pandemic has taken the whole world by storm, but WWE is still adamant about producing sports entertainment for the millions of members of the WWE Universe. After two weeks of live shows from the Performance Center, WWE has decided to tape the upcoming episodes of RAW, SD and NXT.
WrestleMania 36, scheduled to take place from multiple locations, will also be a taped feature, with the tapings set to take place later this week.
Meanwhile, WWE NXT has reportedly returned to Full Sail University for upcoming tapings, as Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio noted that WWE shot a wrestling-oriented show of the yellow brand this Sunday.
NXT was presented in a completely different format last week, with two hours of highlights and backstage segments, hyping up the different feuds ongoing on the third brand. The show returns to normalcy this week, with the show returning to the iconic Full Sail arena, which has become associated with the brand in the last few years.
Full Sail University shut down on March 13, suspending regular lectures for students, and canceling all events on the campus until the end of April. Despite the ban, WWE managed to tape future episodes, with the possibility of several episodes being shot in one-go this Sunday.
Wrestling Observer Radio also noted that WWE will be giving a break to all the wrestlers, post tapings this week. There were future episodes of SmackDown and 205 Live shot this Friday, and future tapings of RAW will take place this week. WrestleMania 36 is also scheduled to be taped on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
The future tapings could indicate a long break on the cards for live tapings, as it is speculated that WWE is planning to stock up on content until mid-April. USA has the third-most cases of COVID-19 currently, which makes travel a major concern for WWE and its superstars, and the size of the roster increases the chances of the spread of the deadly disease.