While nearly every sporting body has suspended play at the moment, it seems like only UFC and WWE are left standing.
UFC have already stated they will have UFC Fight Night 170 behind closed doors tonight and WWE aired an edition of SmackDown from their Performance Center in Orlando without a crowd too.
For WWE, though, they have their biggest event of the year just three weeks away and they are yet to cancel.
WrestleMania is set to go down at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida on April 5 and 80,000 people are slated to attend.
Of course, with President Trump’s travel ban and the growing concern over the coronavirus pandemic, it seems unlikely that WrestleMania would go ahead as planned, and probably unwise if it did.
However, WWE are resisting making an announcement on the matter until they absolutely have to. According to Hillsborough Commissioner Les Miller, a man charged with planning in Tampa, WWE are entering that time.
“I’m hoping that Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves, but a week from now, if they’ve not done that and we’re still in the situation we’re in, we’ll probably have to pull the plug on that,” Miller said Friday, via Fox 13.
WWE released a statement on the state of WrestleMania earlier this week and they insist they will put the healthy and safety of everyone first.
“While we remain committed to hosting WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, April 5, we are putting contingency plans in place in the event that it is cancelled by government officials, civil authorities and/or local venues. The health and safety of our fans, performers and employees are our top priorities and we are monitoring the situation closely with our partners and government officials in Tampa Bay,” WWE’s statement reads.
With every major sporting organisation essentially downing tools for the next month or so, it’s becoming very hard to imagine how WWE would pull this event off in Tampa on the date they want to.
Could they do it behind closed doors? Run it somewhere else? Postpone the show? These are all options WWE must be considering at this stage but nobody outside of Vince McMahon and a handful of others truly knows.
But, the clock is ticking.