Orange County, Florida Mayor Jerry Demings was asked today about WWE’s status in Florida and them being allowed to continue operations during a press conference. Demings notes that originally WWE was ruled a non-essential, service but that changed after some talk with the office of Governor Ron DeSantis.
“I think initially there was a review that was done and they were not initially deemed an essential business. With some conversation with the Governor’s office regarding he Governor’s [stay-at-home] order, they were deemed an essential business. Therefore they were allowed to remain open,” Demings said.
As such, this explains why WWE is able to continue with live shows during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, it explains why WWE has the confidence to move forward with pay-per-views like Money In The Bank on May 10.
Huge News For WWE
For Vince McMahon and co. this is big news considering it was revealed part of the clause in WWE contracts with FOX and NBCUniversal is that WWE is required to produce a certain number of live shows each year and that not doing so puts them at the mercy of each network being able to re-examine their deals with WWE. Those television rights are worth an incredible amount of money.
Essentially, WWE is now one of the very few services that are pegged as allowed to continue taping TV and airing live TV from the empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando. They’ll have to continue adhereing to the guidelines set forth by health administrations and speculation is that WWE Superstars will still have the choice to participate or not.
There is no word on whether a government official has been assigned to ensure WWE is following all guidelines.