It has now been revealed why WWE is allowed to run live shows instead of pre-taped episodes. It has come to our attention that WWE has been deemed an essential business by Florida Governor Ron Desantis, allowing them to remain open during the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Courtesy of ProWrestlingSheet we have a quote from a press conference in Florida. The Orange County Major Jerry L. Demmings revealed the details:
“Initially there was a review that was done and they were not initially deemed an essential business. With some conversations with the Governor’s office regarding the Governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. So, therefore, they were allowed to remain open. In terms of the specifics associated with the wrestling personality who tested positive, I don’t know any of the details of that obviously because of HIPAA laws, But, that’s like a little family. A small family of professional athletes that wrestle. And if one of my family members tested positive in my house, that would be concerning to me. We would have to make some provisions in our house to make sure that the rest of us not get infected. So I would assume that, from a business perspective, the WWE is doing that type of analysis of its own family.”ProWresltingSheet
This explains why last nights Raw show was a live edition. WWE will continue to air Wednesday nights NXT and Friday night Smackdown from the Performance Centre. With most of last nights roster on show last night, we are unsure how many WWE stars are happy with this new decision.