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Wrestlemania 36 to go ahead behind closed doors amid coronavirus pandemic

The Showcase of the Immortals will go ahead despite the Covid-19 causing havoc to sport worldwide

Jack Rathborn@JackRathborn
Tuesday 17 March 2020 09:48
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Wrestlemania 36 has decided to go ahead despite the coronavirus pandemic but the show will be without fans and is to be moved to Orlando, WWE owner Vince McMahon confirmed.

The Showcase of the Immortals was initially set to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on 5 April.

But the show will now be switched to the training facility Performance Center in nearby Orlando, with the company set to take an enormous financial hit without gate receipts and revenue.

Only “essential personnel” will be permitted to be in attendance in what promises to be a surreal experience.

Fans will be able to watch though, as WWE looks to stream the show live on WWE Network.

Wrestlemania 36 will go ahead despite coronavirus
Wrestlemania 36 will go ahead despite coronavirus

A statement read: “In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place.

“However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view.

“Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”

As of now, there are no alterations to the card, which is due to be headlined by world heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar against Royal Rumble winner Drew McIntyre.

Fans were also looking forward to Universal champion Goldberg taking on Roman Reigns.

While John Cena will be in action against ‘The Fiend’ Bray Wyatt.

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