WWE started back on the road and they have seen success with live events so far. There are a lot of places in the United States that are tightening restrictions due to the ongoing pandemic. The company’s SummerSlam home now has a mask mandate in place for all indoor events.
We previously reported that AEW is very concerned about the possibility that mask mandates might change things around. They have several events scheduled in places that could institute mandates. WWE is also dealing with this worry.
Andrew Zarian stated on the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast that WWE is currently making backup plans. The COVID-19 pandemic is not over and they realize that some events might not be able to happen. As of this writing, they are still carrying on with their current plans until something makes them change their minds.
“Everybody is concerned, and it’s not just AEW. People in WWE are very concerned as well, and they do have secondary plans. They are in motion just in case. Do I anticipate another shutdown like we had seen? No. I don’t anticipate that. I do not think anybody anticipates that.”
“I think you need a game plan for sure and AEW has an easy game plan, because they will go back to Daily’s Place. For WWE, they are so heavy with touring that they don’t have a safe bet.”
“What I was told is that they are looking at six or seven buildings that they could possibly bounce around from if things get closed down a little bit. They would want to be able to tour but more controlled. So, this is on the WWE side. I know that everybody is concerned.”
All sports and concert tour promoters are concerned about this situation. They were able to make things work through the pandemic in 2020, but the last thing they want to do is stop that momentum once they get touring again. Stay tuned, because anything can happen in this situation.
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