The Covid-19 pandemic has caused major upheaval to everyone on the planet in all walks of life, and although it has continued to produce shows throughout the entire ordeal, WWE is no exception to that.
The promotion had no choice but to shut down the running of all live events back in March when the pandemic took hold, forcing them to stage television and PPV events – including WrestleMania – at the Performance Center.
As the restrictions have eased somewhat in some parts of the US, WWE has been able to bring select fans and friends and family into buildings and move to the lavish ThunderDome, as talks of WrestleMania 37 taking place in Tampa in front of a full crowd do the rounds.
However, WrestleVotes is reporting that WWE’s typical touring loop of SmackDown, two house shows and Raw – all taking place in different locations – will not be returning anytime soon.
WrestleVotes claim that their sources have told them a return to this schedule is not on the table until 2022, meaning it could be two years from the start of the pandemic before WWE’s touring schedule returns to normal.
There are positives to this. So much time away from the arenas should, in theory, mean sell-out crowds full of people eager to experience WWE in the flesh again.
There are also obvious benefits to the mental and physical health of the wrestlers on the roster, with the reduced amount of dates better on their bodies and the extra time spent at home a positive for their mental health.