Donald Trump spoke on Tuesday about the importance of getting sports back in the midst of the COVID-19 Crisis. During his press briefing talking about his calls with leaders of the major sports leagues, he dropped a name wrestling fans are quite familiar with.
Trump said during his White House speech:
“In sports, we want to get our sports back, so important,” Trump said. “These will be some separate calls, some will be together, by the way, and some will be separate. But we have to get our sports back. I’m tired of watching baseball games that are 14 years old, but I haven’t actually had too much time to watch. I would say maybe I watch one batter and then I get back to work.
He then went on to name a number the league’s respective leaders or owners as some of those that have been instrumental in his meetings or as names he intends to talk to either in a group setting or individually.
“The NBA – Adam Silver, the Major League Baseball – we miss our baseball players and this is baseball season right here. Rob Manfred, thank you very much. NFL – Roger Goodell, thank you Roger. UFC – Dana White, great Dana White. PGA – Jay Monahan, LPGA – Michael Whan, USDA – Patrick Galbraith, Major League Soccer – Don Garber, WWE – the great Vince McMahon, NASCAR – Lesa Kennedy, thank you Lisa. NHL – Gary Bettman. From the New England Patriots – Bob Kraft, from the Dallas Cowboys – Jerry Jones, Dallas Mavericks – Mark Cuban.”
This, of course, comes after Vince has been getting some flack for continuing on in the face of the crisis with his WWE shows. Clearly he’s got the support of the President who said he’s ready for sports to resume, as long as they can do so in a safe manner and under the guidelines set forth.
While some will never agree, Vince certainly checks those boxes as he produces Raw, SmackDown and NXT from a closed set at the WWE Performance Center.