Vince McMahon, the infamous CEO of WWE, has decided to continue forward with the company’s biggest event of the year this upcoming weekend. McMahon has already lost what was left of the XFL season, his latest major business endeavor, due to the coronavirus pandemic. He is not prepared to give up on WrestleMania 36 as easily.
Originally slated for the evening of April 5 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, WrestleMania 36 will instead be at WWE’s Performance Center in Orlando, Florida and will take place without fans in attendance. Additionally, the company announced that WrestleMania will be a two-night event for the first time in its history, providing plenty of action for the whole weekend.
We are now left wondering why WWE decided against postponement or cancellation of WrestleMania 36. Professional sport leagues have come to a halt internationally due to the coronavirus outbreak, but WWE is not partaking. In fact, WWE’s weekly events haven’t changed at all aside from location and the absence of fans.
In a recent interview with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Paul Levesque, who is more commonly referred to as Triple H and is the current Executive Vice President of Global Talent Strategy & Development for WWE, explained some reasoning behind the decision to move forward with WrestleMania 36.
In short, Triple H explained that the company feels an obligation to provide fans with entertainment to help conquer the challenging times that have fallen upon society. He added that the goal is to put smiles on people’s faces and that success is achieved through entertaining the audience.
Check out the interview HERE!
“Sometimes these moments in time allow you to think outside the box, and do things that you wouldn’t necessarily have the ability to do.”
Triple H revealed that the company plans to adapt to the circumstances of the situation and will use what they can to their advantage. He even mentioned the possibility of changes within the business going forward, should these changes work well when used in the given situation.
Even with fans forced to watch from their couches, the show must go on. Many are looking forward to seeing the ways in which WWE will use the lack of fans and location of the event to their advantage. A large portion of the WWE roster will wrestle over the course of the weekend, which is sure to provide some must-see matchups.
Feature matches include:
Edge vs. Randy Orton
The Undertaker vs. AJ Styles
John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt
Brock Lesnar vs. Drew McIntyre (WWE Championship Title Match)
…and much more!
WrestleMania 36 will be hosted by former NFL star Rob Gronkowski on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5. Be sure to tune in to the two-night event on pay-per-view or online via the WWE Network to catch all of the action.