WWE has made changes for the WrestleMania 36 weekend due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The sports entertainment company has changed the location of its magnovent from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida to its Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. However, the company had not communicated anything about the other events that accompany “The Grandest Stage of them All” each year.
PWInsider’s Mike Johnson has contacted the company to inquire about the future of the Hall of Fame 2020 ceremony and NXT TakeOver: Tampa, which was to be held on April 2 and 4 respectively. The company has confirmed that both shows will be postponed through a brief statement:
“The Hall of Fame ceremony and NXT TakeOver will not take place as previously announced. We will share more details when possible.”
Both the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony and TakeOver: Tampa was to be held from the Amalie Arena, with a capacity of nearly 20,000 spectators. WWE does not fully confirm the cancellation of the shows and, as PWInsider points out, there is still no information on a possible move to the Performance Center as has happened with WrestleMania. The WrestleMania AXXESS events, dedicated to fans with various special shows, would have been canceled in the absence of official confirmation.
The United States is currently in a national emergency with the advance of COVID-19. Several competitions and massive events have canceled their next appointments, such as the NBA or different concerts and music festivals. WWE has canceled several house shows, while its weekly shows have been held from the Performance Center.