The coronavirus pandemic has messed up WWE’s pay-per-view schedule for this year. WrestleMania 36 and Money In The Bank took place on their scheduled dates but the events were barred from having an audience in attendance. Backlash and Extreme Rules will also go down in an empty arena but the same can’t be said for SummerSlam.
SummerSlam 2020 is scheduled to take place on August 23rd at the TD Garden, but now that The Boston Mayor has banned large events until early September, WWE needs to reschedule or relocate the grand PPV.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter reports that Vince McMahon is ardent on holding SummerSlam in front of a live audience even if that means rescheduling The Biggest Party Of Summer to the Fall.
“Vince McMahon is determined to have a live crowd for this year’s SummerSlam. Right now it is scheduled for August but if waiting until September is the only way to have the show in front of a live crowd, the thought is he would make that move but it is not a move decided on and he hasn’t outright committed to it.”
While Florida, Georgia, Arizona, and Oklahoma appear to be loosening their reins on holding sporting events with live fans, the same can’t be said for Massachusetts.
Mr. McMahon can proceed in any direction since “he changes his mind constantly” but it’s safe to assume that he won’t be willing to hold the second Big 4 PPV of 2020 in an empty arena.
The pandemic has also obstructed the transportation between countries and distant regions. As a result, talents are having a hard time making it to the tapings. For instance, Robert Roode and The Singh Brothers haven’t been able to work the tapings despite being actively involved in storylines.
The Observer reports that Roode, Sameer and Sunil reside in Canada. The trio can’t travel to Orlando due to travel restrictions. This explains their absence from WWE TV in recent weeks.
“The reason The Singhs and Roode haven’t been on television is because they live in Canada and can’t get into the country.”