Could we see fans return to WWE and AEW TV tapings as early as next week? With the latest guidelines laid out by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, it could happen.
Amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both AEW and WWE have been bucking the general sports and entertainment trend by continuing to tape their weekly TV shows in the cities of Jacksonville and Orlando respectively but with no fans in attendance for any of Raw, Smackdown Live, NXT or Dynamite. AEW have taken to placing wrestlers in the crowd to simulate atmosphere but otherwise, fans have been visually and more importantly, audibly absent from all programming.
That could be about to change as new guidelines for the state of Florida, announced by Governor DeSantis will come into play after this weekend.
“Large spectator sporting events should use strict social distancing guidelines and limit occupancy of venues to 25% of building capacity”
Not only is the above good news for the two wrestling companies, it could also lead to the resumption of major sports leagues in the US. Major League Baseball has mooted basing all of their teams in Florida ballparks for the foreseeable future (Where many teams host their spring training camps already). It could also be possible to restart the NHL season to some degree with NHL arenas situated in Miami and Tampa Bay. That does feel less likely than MLB however.
Regardless, it will be interesting to see how WWE and AEW management react to these changes and how that changes their immediate plans to have fans present at their events.