WWE SmackDown was scheduled to take place in Detroit on Friday night. It’s expected to feature the television returns of John Cena, Jeff Hardy, and Paige. Unfortunately, plans were changed Wednesday in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic.
Sources said that WWE management “pulled the plug”, according to a report from PW Insider’s Mike Johnson.
SmackDown will be live from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. NXT was live from the Performance Center Wednesday night, the result of a venue booking issue with Full Sail University.
No official statement has been released by WWE. It’s unknown how this could impact Monday’s RAW in Pittsburgh.
There’s no indication as to how this would impact televised programs and live touring shows. Concerns about WrestleMania 36 in Tampa or future pay-per-view events being canceled have been brought forth.
Restrictions on live sporting events have resulted in shows being canceled or postponed. The NBA’s suspension of league operations Wednesday night may become a contributing factor to further decisions.
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