Backstage Report – Vince McMahon Tried to Run WrestleMania 36 in An Empty Stadium


As many of you know by now, WWE WrestleMania 36 will be airing tonight and tomorrow night from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. The shows were taped last week.

According to a report from Sports Illustrated, Vince McMahon was trying to get the event to take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL with no fans in attendance. This is before the coronavirus became much more serious than it is today.

Of course, the situation was very fluid and obviously changed as the virus became more severe. While he waited until the last minute, McMahon was told by the mayor of Tampa, Florida that it wasn’t going to happen. City officials were concerned about the event taking place (empty stadium or not) amid a pandemic. Also, the stadium would have been a major aesthetic problem in terms of being impossible to avoid showing off all of the empty seats. As seen in recent weeks, WWE has altered their TV camera angles to avoid showing the empty seats in the Performance Center.

According to SI, Vince McMahon was about the only person who wanted to continue on with the show this weekend. McMahon basically had no other choice but to move the show to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. The idea of canceling the event would have gone against McMahon’s business principles of “the show must go on”. The site reports that “postponing” the event would have been a “logistical nightmare” due to the fact that the rest of the year is basically booked already. Believe what you will as it pertains to that as we all know WWE books their TV on a weekly basis these days. Of course, some of the long-term feuds are booked in advance but Vince McMahon is known to change things at the snap of a finger.

Also, there is currently no word on when some of these restrictions will be lifted so it made it nearly impossible to announce a new date if they were to postpone the event.

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