AEW are reportedly “extremely concerned” that the rising numbers of COVID 19 cases could disrupt plans for upcoming shows in Chicago, New York, St Louis and beyond.
As new cases of the COVID 19 continue to surge across the United States, more and more cities are mandating the return of face masks. With cases on the rise and measures to deal with those cases increasing, the knock-on effects to live events could be huge.
A new report from Cassidy Haynes ofBodyslam.net, suggests that AEW are now “extremely concerned” that the situation could affect a number of upcoming shows. The report notes that discussions have already begun internally over what to do in the event of another shutdown. This included a potential return to Daily’s Place in Jacksonville, Florida.
The report adds that Haynes has been told that it’s an “all hands on deck” type situation, adding “ultimately Tony has to make a decision about what is right for the talent, staff, and [especially] the fans”.
It appears the shows potentially in most jeopardy are those in Chicago and New York.
AEW currently has three shows slated for Chicago, including Dynamite on September 1st, Rampage on September 3rd and All Out on September 5th.
While on September 15th, AEW heads to New Jersey for Dynamite and then the Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York for AEW Grand Slam. The first stadium show in the company’s history.
In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has already stated that the city’s mask mandate could return, while in New York all municipal workers must be vaccinated or tested weekly for the virus. St Louis has already reinstated their mask mandate.
The report concludes by saying that AEW are currently going ahead as planned, but are paying close attention to events around the country.
Inside The Ropes will continue to update this story as it develops.