We’ve been reporting over the past 24 hours that WWE is considering going back to a schedule of live tapings for a good chunk of its programming, despite many government officials, authorities and networks being less-than pleased with their decision to do so. All RAW, SmackDown, and NXT events will be filmed from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando and on a closed set with limited personele.
There was some talk of WWE taping shows as they had in the past, but speculated concern over their television networks having the right to renegotiate their terms if WWE was not producing live shows became an issue. As such, WWE will start early next week with live shows, despite the state of Florida still having a stay-at-home mandate.
WWE sent a statement to ESPN about the change and according to that statement, their stance is that this is a necessary service. They write:
We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times. We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.
WWE is working under what many deem a legal loophole here and will continue to do so until an organization or official authority has the wherewithal to shut them down.
This comes after news that a WWE employee tested positive for COVID-19, but was quarantined and is apparently recovered and feeling better.