All Elite Wrestling returns to the New York City market tomorrow night for Dynamite. The company is running the UBS Arena on Long Island. Ticket sales have been robust for the event, but some fans might be shut out of the show.
AEW announced on Twitter that due to new health and safety guidelines set forth by the state of New York, fans planning to attend the show will either need to provide proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test for COVID-19. While this was out of the company’s control, fans still went ballistic on social media. Angry reactions from anti-vaccine and “bodily autonomy” advocates came pouring in. Those posters were then trolled by people who believe in mass vaccination.
“These shows need to start skipping these states. These rules are ridiculous and very unAmerican.”
“Here before the conservatives show up and present me with their research abstracts and Fox news links to rebuttal peer-reviewed studies and CDC guidance”
“They did the same for arthur ashe and the place was still sold out, I was there everyone got checked for a vaxx card.”
“New York has always been lame. Definitely lamer than Illinois.”
The decision ultimately was made by the state, not Tony Khan or All Elite Wrestling. Still, there will be some fans who simply refuse to be vaccinated or show proof of a test due to their principles. Several wrestlers, including Ryback and Matt Hardy have been vocal supporters of treating vaccination as a personal decision rather than a matter of public health.