There’s certainly debate as to whether or not WWE should have cancelled or postponed WrestleMania 36 this year. When the COVID-19 outbreak began, WWE was one of the last to announce their move of the pay-per-view from the 80,000-seat Raymond James Stadium to a closed set at the WWE Performance Center. The grand spectacle of WrestleMania was officially gone and fans were quickly aware after the first empty-arena show that this would not be the WrestleMania they were used to seeing.
WWE stars and executives were aware of it too.
During an interview ESPN MMA, Triple H discussed how close WWE was to cancelling or postponing WrestleMania 36 this year. He noted that all options were on the table, but that the company felt that they have an obligation to provide themselves and the fans with WrestleMania.
He explained, “We were going through the minute by minute of what was happening” and added it was amazing how quickly everything fell apart. He talked about how NXT was airing a live show that Wednesday (March 11) that had fans in it and he mentioned to Vince that maybe they should leave some of this stuff up, saying, “it just seems like things are going in a weird direction very quickly.” Within 24 hours, everything was shutting down.
Triple H talked about how everybody is playing this whole thing by ear and that WWE realized “they could do this in a way, from an entertainment standpoint, from a Hollywood standpoint and a fictional standpoint that we can kind of control the environment and do this in a way that really nobody else can.” He added that’s what they’ve done with this year’s show.
In talking about whether or not part of the conversations included postponing the pay-per-view, he explained:
“I think [postponing or canceling] was obviously considered but we feel like it’s an obligation for us. Our fans have been there for us for years and years and years and we want to be there for them in this time where everybody is just doing the best to get through this, stuck home and the world needs entertainment right now. We feel an obligation to give them that.”
He added that, :
“Sometimes people get very caught up in what we do, the arguments of what’s happening and why and should’ve done this or that, but at the end of the day if you don’t take it too seriously and you enjoy WWE for what it is, an entertainment source that hopefully we can do what the intent is is putting a smile on your face. If you can forget all that and put it aside and just sit in front of your set and just be entertained by what we do, then we’ve succeeded.”
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