WrestleMania 36 Rumors: WWE Considering Holding Event Without Fans

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2020

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce that WWE Wrestlemania 29 will be held at MetLife Stadium in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
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The WWE is reportedly considering its options for the upcoming Wrestlemania 36 event on April 5, including holding it without fans, but pro wrestling's biggest event has not yet been canceled or postponed.

Per TMZ, local officials near Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, have asked Vince McMahon to cancel the event. The WWE is looking at all options, including staging it in an empty arena and broadcasting it live.

According to the report, the event was expected to draw a crowd of 70,000. Health officials across the world have advised the use of "social distancing" to combat the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended against gatherings of over 50 people.

Major American sports leagues like the NBA, MLB and NHL have shut down their games, and UFC Fight Night 170 in Brazil took place in an empty arena. 

The UFC is still hoping to keep its shows going:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

UFC President Dana White says fights will continue. https://t.co/0LN7gpwFlM

Sportswriter Chamatkar Sandhu doesn't think their resolve will hold out, however, and Wrestlemania is in danger of getting canceled as well:

Chamatkar Sandhu @SandhuMMA

WrestleMania is getting cancelled. No way it goes ahead as scheduled. The UFC events probably should be cancelled too. Even if they hold them in empty arenas or the Apex, fighters cutting weight are going to be so susceptible to getting the virus. Let's see what happens.

The latest edition of SmackDown took place in an empty Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and while it made for a surreal atmosphere, radio host Bully Ray praised the organisation and its talent for the tremendous effort:

Bully Ray @bullyray5150

Despite the very real hardships we are living with these days, WWE and the talent did their absolute very best to entertain YOU tonight. GREAT JOB EVERYONE!! @WWEonFOX #SmackDown @BustedOpenRadio

Brock Lesnar and Drew McIntyre are set to headline the Wrestlemania 36 event with a match for the WWE Championship. Other likely or confirmed matches include Goldberg vs. Roman Reigns, Becky Lynch vs. Shayna Baszler and AJ Styles vs. Undertaker.