WWE is firing on all cylinders to combat the coronavirus pandemic for the purpose of delivering pro wrestling entertainment with any interruption. So far, the billion-dollar promotion has managed to keep pro wrestling action on television and hopefully, the company will continue to do so till things return to normal.
PWInsider reports that WWE will pre-tape the March 27th episode of Friday Night SmackDown on Saturday. The Blue Show will still air live this week.
“After going live for SmackDown this Friday, WWE will be pre-taping the following week’s episode this Saturday 3/21 at the WWE Performance Center. That would be the 3/27 episode of Smackdown.”
Monday Night RAW will also meet the same fate when WWE stirs things up with a lot of pre-taped content around the Performance Center in Orlando.
“We are told Monday Night Raw will be following suit with additional content pre-taped around this Monday’s Raw taping at the PC.”
According to Post Wrestling, WWE is planning an “ambitious” filming schedule leading into WrestleMania 36. The schedule is also expected to include taping for the Show Of Shows itself.
“The company will be taping the remaining episodes of Friday Night SmackDown and Raw leading into WrestleMania.”
“One source we spoke with indicated that they are expecting both WrestleMania shows to be taped over the next week as well.”
Meanwhile, Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that WWE has made the bold move of canceling two top-tier WrestleMania matches. The annual Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and Women’s Battle Royal have been ditched in order to maintain the social distancing rule set by the CDC.
WrestleMania 36 will take place as a two-night PPV with matches airing on Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th from multiple undisclosed locations. This year’s grandest pro wrestling show will be very different as it will take place without any live audience.