This Wednesday, the authorities of Orange County, the county where the WWE Performance Center and Full Sail University are located, announced the general confinement of its population. Like some states in the United States and most of Europe, county residents will be confined to their homes starting next Thursday at 11 pm ET (local time).
The announcement was made by Mayor of Orlando Buddy Byer, Mayor of Orange County Jerry Demings and Sherriff John Mina. This confinement will take place for a minimum period of two weeks.
Regarding WWE, the company has already taken the lead as we announced it to you a few days ago. Since last Saturday, the company records every day the next episodes of its shows, NXT, RAW and Smackdown included, but also Wrestlemania 36.
The flagship event of the year will be recorded Wednesday and Thursday, just before containment begins in Orlando. Regarding weekly shows, the last episode of RAW, broadcast on Monday, was the last show of the main roster broadcast lives before at least two weeks.
As for NXT, it is possible that the show will be broadcast live this evening, just as it is possible that it was recorded this week. No information is yet known on this subject.
As a reminder, here is a summary of the recording days that have taken place since Saturday and that will conclude on Thursday:
- Saturday 21/03: Smackdown episodes of 27/03 and 03/04
- Sunday 22/03: Recordings of content for the next episodes of NXT
- Monday 23/03 and Tuesday 24/03: RAW episodes of 03/23 (live) and 3/30
- Wednesday 25/03 and Thursday 26/03: Wrestlemania 36 nights 1 & 2
Regarding the shows that follow the broadcast of Wrestlemania, it is difficult to know if WWE has planned a rescue plan or not. It is likely that the confinement will be postponed for more than two weeks, thus forcing the company to find a solution if it wishes to broadcast exclusive content.
At this point, WWE may decide to record additional shows before confinement or take the risk that it will not be able to record or broadcast matches for its after-Wrestlemania shows.