WWE’s programming schedule has taken a major hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as the company was forced to move to the Performance Center without any fans in attendance. WWE is employing a technique of taping several episodes in a week, to minimize traveling for their employees.
However, WWE is looking to ditch the current plans and move back to a live schedule very soon. The SmackDown prior to SummerSlam this month will be the start of the format, and both RAW and SmackDown will be aired live.
WWE could also be planning to move the show to a different location with the possibility of some fans returning. There are certain states where the spread has died down, and the company could be targeting those areas.
NXT Takeover XXX will be held from Orlando, while the location for SummerSlam is still undecided within the company.
WWE’s ratings have been falling significantly ever since the pandemic started, and it is quite a chaotic situation backstage with the job of producing two episodes in one go. A return to the previous format with fans in attendance could be a possible way of pulling back the ratings.
WWE also had several changes in regards to their television schedule as reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter. These changes could be a result of WWE’s new plans for their shows.