With safer-at-home orders due to the coronavirus across the country making social distancing a requirement, it’s getting tougher for wrestling companies to film shows. But it looks like the two largest are attempting to tape as many shows as they can for now to keep the content going.
It appears AEW taped shows in Norcross, Georgia last week at wrestler QT Marshall’s school. They are said to have created enough content to get through mid-May, which is good because the state of Georgia is now under a safer-at-home order as well. The company was filming at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville on land owned by the Jacksonville Jaguars previously. AEW President Tony Khan is the son of Jaguars owner Shad Khan, and works with the Jags in a front office capacity as well.
On the other hand it looks like WWE is going to run out of content soon. The WWE Performance Center, home of last night’s WrestleMania 36, is in Orlando and Florida is now under a safer-at-home order. But according to Dave Meltzer at Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the WWE is attempting to tape a show in “a location they’re trying to keep secret” which is in a state that’s currently under a shutdown order.
To flout the law so publicly, when eventually the evidence of what you’ve done will air on national TV, seems a bit crazy. But WWE is very proud of that Monday Night Raw is “the longest-running weekly episodic program in the U.S. with more than 1,300 original episodes.” And apparently they want to keep that streak going.
How will this play out? Who knows. But it’s something to keep an eye on for the next few weeks after WrestleMania.