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cookie32723 wrote: We’ve been saying it for years, but at this point is Vince just too far gone for the company’s good? We’ve all heard the stories dating back decades of how he has final say on everything, but at even when the WWF was at its cartooniest, at least the booking was planned out in advance and especially Mania.

Going live twice, sometimes thrice, a week is also a factor. In the "good old days" they had to plan at least three-four weeks in advance because of the way they taped TV. Live TV must be a complete mind-fuck for a control freak like Vince.



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I'm gonna call it and say WrestleMania will not happen this year. The number of people travelling from all over the world is the biggest problem I foresee. The matches will probably have to take place in some form or another, they can't just postpone the whole card while keeping going with weekly TV. I think WWE are also going to start having problems with lots arenas in the next few weeks/months. This is going to send Vince over the edge. Do they do small



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Kriss wrote: I'm gonna call it and say WrestleMania will not happen this year. The number of people travelling from all over the world is the biggest problem I foresee. The matches will probably have to take place in some form or another, they can't just postpone the whole card while keeping going with weekly TV. I think WWE are also going to start having problems with lots arenas in the next few weeks/months. This is going to send Vince over the edge. Do they do small
PWInsider reports that the city of Tampa will have meetings this week to discuss WM and other large gatherings.  It is completely out of Vince's hands and he needs to accept that.  On the one hand, it would be a huge blow to the local economy because WM really does have an impact.  I was in New Orleans during WM a few years ago and it's no joke.  Tampa will not take that lightly.  But other cities have canceled bigger events than this for safety reasons so WM is in real danger. 

As far as having the matches to continue storylines, WWE can always find cities not as effected or put on controlled shows with a small group of screened fans (in their PC for example).  The matches will happen one way or the other, but it will be a debacle.



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srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: I'm gonna call it and say WrestleMania will not happen this year. The number of people travelling from all over the world is the biggest problem I foresee. The matches will probably have to take place in some form or another, they can't just postpone the whole card while keeping going with weekly TV. I think WWE are also going to start having problems with lots arenas in the next few weeks/months. This is going to send Vince over the edge. Do they do small
PWInsider reports that the city of Tampa will have meetings this week to discuss WM and other large gatherings.  It is completely out of Vince's hands and he needs to accept that.  On the one hand, it would be a huge blow to the local economy because WM really does have an impact.  I was in New Orleans during WM a few years ago and it's no joke.  Tampa will not take that lightly.  But other cities have canceled bigger events than this for safety reasons so WM is in real danger. 

As far as having the matches to continue storylines, WWE can always find cities not as effected or put on controlled shows with a small group of screened fans (in their PC for example).  The matches will happen one way or the other, but it will be a debacle.

The end of my post disappeared. I guess I deleted it by mistake... Do they do small venues like Full Sail, or even empty TV studios like the end of AWA?



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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: Kriss wrote: I'm gonna call it and say WrestleMania will not happen this year. The number of people travelling from all over the world is the biggest problem I foresee. The matches will probably have to take place in some form or another, they can't just postpone the whole card while keeping going with weekly TV. I think WWE are also going to start having problems with lots arenas in the next few weeks/months. This is going to send Vince over the edge. Do they do small
PWInsider reports that the city of Tampa will have meetings this week to discuss WM and other large gatherings.  It is completely out of Vince's hands and he needs to accept that.  On the one hand, it would be a huge blow to the local economy because WM really does have an impact.  I was in New Orleans during WM a few years ago and it's no joke.  Tampa will not take that lightly.  But other cities have canceled bigger events than this for safety reasons so WM is in real danger. 

As far as having the matches to continue storylines, WWE can always find cities not as effected or put on controlled shows with a small group of screened fans (in their PC for example).  The matches will happen one way or the other, but it will be a debacle.

The end of my post disappeared. I guess I deleted it by mistake... Do they do small venues like Full Sail, or even empty TV studios like the end of AWA?

In an unprecedented situation like this, that seems like the best option.  But there also have to be some cities with almost no incidents that won't have a problem hosting some real shows at smaller (less than 5,000 seat) venues. 

If I was working for Vince right now and had to deal with his control-freak ramblings while exploring these options, I'd lick a homeless person and pray for the sweet release of death.



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Not mentioned is how this could cripple some smaller companies running WM weekend. Many of those events might be allowed to continue, but the fans won't be there anymore. What do they do? They won't get their deposits back. There will be demands to refund tickets to fans no longer coming. It will be a mess for them. The small events surrounding SXSW are experiencing the same thing and it's been brutal. WWE can absorb any set-back and continue after all this is over, but most indies can't just shrug it off.



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Personally, and I don't know if it's even possible or not, but I'd be happy if they ran someplace like MSG or another smaller, inside arena that has some history. I always thought that even though the shows are in stadiums now, that the "big" WMs should be at MSG or the like (1, 10, 20 all being there). Gotta figure that a large number of fans in the states would be able to go still, and if they announce soon the foreign fans would be able to get refunds on air, hotel, etc. Plus a smaller, tighter venue always feels more alive than a big 100,000 seat stadium



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wittman2 wrote: Personally, and I don't know if it's even possible or not, but I'd be happy if they ran someplace like MSG or another smaller, inside arena that has some history. I always thought that even though the shows are in stadiums now, that the "big" WMs should be at MSG or the like (1, 10, 20 all being there). Gotta figure that a large number of fans in the states would be able to go still, and if they announce soon the foreign fans would be able to get refunds on air, hotel, etc. Plus a smaller, tighter venue always feels more alive than a big 100,000 seat stadium
MSG is a normal-sized 18,000 seat arena, so when the shit comes down there's no way those arenas will be holding events.  I have Billy Joel tickets at MSG on April 10 and there is a lot of concern over whether that show will go forward. 



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I don’t want to start a new thread but if Wrestlemania or at least the attendance portion is cancelled I imagine Raw and Smackdown will follow suit shortly after.


What does that product look like? Do they have to try and tell an actual in ring story now that the crowd won’t be there to make crazy faces and chant “awesome” things?



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Franchise wrote: I don’t want to start a new thread but if Wrestlemania or at least the attendance portion is cancelled I imagine Raw and Smackdown will follow suit shortly after.


What does that product look like? Do they have to try and tell an actual in ring story now that the crowd won’t be there to make crazy faces and chant “awesome” things?

Half the fans that have tickets to these shows could be from other countries and may not be able to even get here now. I can’t see how these shows go on. NXT was at the PC tonight and the easy back-up plan is to move all shows here. 

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What I’m saying is the E needs to create content for Fox and USA so are they going to do it in empty arenas or at the PC and will they have to go old school with the product to get things over since they can’t rely on crowd reaction?


Or are they going to send everyone home and air 3 months of clip shows?



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Franchise wrote: What I’m saying is the E needs to create content for Fox and USA so are they going to do it in empty arenas or at the PC and will they have to go old school with the product to get things over since they can’t rely on crowd reaction?


Or are they going to send everyone home and air 3 months of clip shows?

No way ever will they do that last option. I say PC. 



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I really hope WWE respects history and books Jerry Lawler vs. Terry Funk for WM now.



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There will be a press conference today at 1:30 PM in Tampa, Florida with Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and members of her team at the Emergency Management Center in Tampa to discuss the city's plans for major events going forward in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As previously noted, there is slated to be a meeting at 12 PM to discuss future large scale events in the city.

When asked this morning at a press conference about the local medical outlook due to the coronavirus outbreak about the status of Wrestlemania, Castor commented, "We don't have to take immediate action for events weeks down the road."

Another Hillsbough County official, Lesley "Les" Miller, Jr. stated that the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group wanted to have the proper time to deal with all events before making any official announcements.

PWInsider.com is told there are several WWE officials currently in Tampa.

When asked who would make the final call on the status of Wrestlemania 36 yesterday during an interview with Drew Garabo on 102.5 The Bone FM in Tampa, Mayor Castor said WWE can 'weigh in' but the city locally would have the final call.



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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis just stated in a Coronovirus press conference that he has recommended to all local authorities in the State that all mass gatherings either be postponned or cancelled until the crisis subsides.

DeSanti stated while he does not have the authority to cancel events or force sports leagues, etc. to cancel games or events, he strongly urges the action to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Wrestlemania, Wrestlecon, GCW's The Collective, Ring of Honor and a number of events are slated for the Tampa-Bay area the first week of April.



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