Both WWE and All Elite Wrestling have the potential to stage professional wrestling events from the state of New Jersey within the next month.
For close to a full year, both wrestling promotions have been holding their weekly television tapings and monthly pay-per-view events from one or several smaller locations. For WWE it was their Performance Center before they were able to move to Amway Center and recently Tropicana Field, while AEW have been regulars at the Nightmare Factory and Daily’s Place.
However, now both companies have been given hope that they can move away from their Florida residences as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy has revealed that the state will begin to permit a small number of fans into professional and college sporting events beginning March 1, 2021.
While a capacity crowd will not be legal, any indoor sporting venue, such as the Prudential Centre, that holds over 5,000 fans will be allowed up to ten percent of attendees back into events while outdoor venues, such as MetLife Stadium, will have up to fifteen percent of their usual capacity.
While the news may not affect WWE greatly after the company announced that their pre-COVID touring and live event schedule may not return, AEW will welcome the reports as their Blood and Guts event – originally scheduled for the Prudential Centre in March of 2020 – was postponed until the city reopened for business.
New Jersey now follow in the footsteps of neighbours New York who recently announced that the city would be once again ready to stage sporting events and concerts beginning in March.