While it appeared like WWE’s WrestleMania 36 was going to go forth as planned for Tampa on April 5, the recent indications are that it will probably be canceled or postponed.
In an update from an official connected with the matter, it was indicated that they’d probably have to “pull the plug” on the WWE’s pay-per-view if the company doesn’t do so.
Official comments on WrestleMania 36 situation
WrestleMania 36 is scheduled for Sunday, April 5 at Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium in Florida.
As of this report, the biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year has not been postponed or canceled. However, the coronavirus outbreak has forced numerous cancelations, suspensions, and postponements around the country to prevent the spread of the virus.
WrestleMania 36 seems to be the biggest event for sports or entertainment that is coming up in the next few weeks. Still, there’s been no official decision made to cancel or postpone the event.
A meeting was held this past week with Tampa officials, and they indicated they’d be deciding about the event in the coming week.
New comments arrived from Hillsborough Commissioner Lee Miller indicating that if WWE doesn’t call off the event, then the city officials probably will.
(@FOX13News) Hillsborough Commissioner Lee Miller “I’m hoping that Vince McMahon & WrestleMania & WWE make that call themselves. But a week from now, if they have not done that & we consider the situation we’re in, we will probably have to pull the plug on that.” #WrestleMania pic.twitter.com/75bL2TRRKH
— Davey ?️? (@DaveyyySmith) March 14, 2020
“I’m hoping that Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves but a week from now if they’ve not done that and we’re still in the situation we’re in, we’ll probably have to pull the plug on that,” Miller said, per a FOX 13 Tampa report.
Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister also spoke on the matter.
“I commend every sports franchise for erring on the side of caution. I hope the WWE follows suit. I don’t ever want to see people put profit over public safety,” he said regarding the WrestleMania 36 event.
WWE has plan ready if event is canceled
In another recent report, WWE reaffirmed that they were planning to go forth with the event. In a statement, they noted they had “contingency plans” if WrestleMania is canceled.
Those plans aren’t known right now but they could involve moving the event to a different location and/or a later date such as closer to the summer season.
The WrestleMania event attracts fans from all over the country and world, as it’s one of the most popular WWE shows each and year. That also makes it the biggest pro wrestling show, and Tampa’s Raymond James Stadium was said to hold up to 70,000 fans.
Not only is there the WrestleMania event, but there are other connected events such as fan conventions, meet and greets with superstars, and more.
If it is canceled, it would certainly be historic as it’s never happened in the years that WWE has presented the show. However, it’s also a telling sign that most of the major sports leagues have all suspended their operations and that various Disney theme parks are shutting down for the near future.
In terms of sports, the XFL canceled its 2020 season. It was a relaunch for the league by Vince McMahon after he originally tried and failed with XFL back in 2001. One has to think his WWE event would be next unless McMahon is waiting out the news developments.
With President Trump declaring a national emergency due to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States and many schools, big businesses, and events closing right now, it’d be surprising to see WrestleMania 36 go forth on its originally scheduled date.