WWE officials reportedly have several contingency plans if they are no longer allowed to film television content in Florida due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Wrestling Observer newsletter.
However, the Observer also reported that there was a belief that WWE could not be closed in Florida due to the fact that Linda McMahon’s Super PAC (Political Action Committee) promised to spend $ 18.5 million in the state of Sunshine on the campaign for re-election of Donald Trump in 2020 and because Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is loyal to Trump.
A source close to the situation also noted through the Observer that WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon had DeSantis “from the balls”. It’s no secret that Desantis wants Wrestling mania to return to Florida after sports leagues are able to resume somewhat regular operations with fans.
To prepare in the event that things get so bad in Florida that there is a complete blockade, McMahon has prepared a study and now has several different places as a backup plan.
One potential backup location is WWE TV studios near HQ in Stamford, CT, where the “Firefly Fun House”
WWE SummerSlam the location is still scheduled to be the Implementation Center from today. WWE continues to look for outdoor locations outside of Florida and is still considering a beach or boat to hold SummerSlam on August 23rd. Earlier this week, it was reported that WWE had added a payout to their internal schedule scheduled for the week after SummerSlam on August 30th. PWInsider reports that Payback is expected to take place at the Performance Center.
Stay tuned for updates.
Source: Bulletin Monitoring Bulletin
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