WWE was set to go Hollywood next year with WrestleMania 37 in California. There’s been a lot of hype for next year’s Show of Shows alongside rumors suggesting that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could be in for a surprise appearance. However, all of that is reportedly up in the air now that the billion-dollar company is changing its location for the mega event.
WrestleMania 36, which was scheduled to take place at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, was moved to an audience-less Performance Center due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The closed-door pay-per-view, however, didn’t fail to live up to the typical WrestleMania standard.
According to RingsideNews, WWE isn’t going Hollywood next year. Originally scheduled to take place on March 28th, 2021 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, WrestleMania 37 will now take place in Tampa.
Further reports suggest that the 37th edition of The Showcase Of Immortals isn’t going to make up for this year’s event. In order to “keep DeSantis in the fold”, WWE has promised WrestleMania 37 to Tampa.
A few months ago, the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis declared WWE as an essential business soon after Linda McMahon promised $18.5 million to the State.
The news had caused quite a stir in the pro wrestling industry and fans believed it was due to The McMahon Family’s close relationship with Donald Trump as well as the pledge that had earned them the “essential business” tag at a time when all other businesses, leagues and sporting events were shutting down.
In April, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had stated that “large gatherings such as concerts and sporting events may not be approved in the city for at least 1 year”, thus encouraging WWE to scout alternate locations for their grand 2021 PPV.
It’s also been reported that Los Angeles might host WrestleMania in 2022, but that’s not a lock yet.