BLEACHER REPORT: Why WWE Is Going Back Live

BY MIKE CHIARI – APRIL 11, 2020


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WWE Chairman Vince McMahon has made the decision to begin live broadcasts of RAW, Smackdown and NXT again, despite the health risks due to the COVID-19 Virus

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, WWE is reportedly planning to air the upcoming episodes of Raw, SmackDown and NXT live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin, the decision to return to live programming was made following Friday’s filming of SmackDown and 205 Live.

F4WOnline (WrestlingInc.com’s Joshua Gagnon) reported that WWE Chairman Vince McMahon made the call and determined that he wanted the shows to be “as close to live as soon as possible.”

That is in contrast to the reported original plan, which was to tape all television shows up until the May 10 Money in the Bank pay-per-view.

F4WOnline noted that the decision may have to do with WWE’s television contracts with NBC Universal and Fox, as they only allow for a certain amount of taped shows to air per year… Read More HERE


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