The coronavirus has created concern about several major sporting events, leaving wrestling companies in a position where shows needed to be postponed or cancelled entirely, and AEW has announced the details of their changed plans.
The news that AEW was moving their taping from Rochester to an undecided location broke earlier today.
Tonight, AEW tweeted out several more details, giving fans further information concerning what was going to happen next.
AEW confirmed that they were moving the show from New York to Jacksonville, Florida.
In a follow-up tweet, AEW said that the show would be emanating from Daily’s Place with a restricted attendance policy. They also indicated that the tickets to the Rochester show would be refunded in full, or, should the person choose, be honoured at the rescheduled taping on July 8th.
AEW went on to confirm that the next show after that, AEW Dynamite: Blood & Guts, which was scheduled to air from the Prudential in Newark, NJ, would also be relocated to place to be announced and recorded with a restricted audience. Tickets for that show will also be refunded or honoured for the rescheduled taping on July 22.
The fate of the Blood & Guts match (a traditional War Games match) has yet to be decided.
These events being rescheduled come as several sports leagues have announced the suspension of seasons, to the XFL announcing that the rest of their season was cancelled. Given that New York banned all gatherings of over 500 people, it was only a matter of time before AEW had to move the show or face canceling it altogether.
WWE followed the initial announcement of All Elite Wrestling moving next week’s Dynamite taping with an announcement that SmackDown would be airing live from the Performance Center earlier today. While the news of cancellations and rescheduling keep coming in, the fate of WrestleMania is still unknown at this time.
AEW’s future TV tapings beyond the next two weeks are also in question, but news about that and WrestleMania will likely be forthcoming within the next few days.
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