- WWE announces change to tag title ladder match for WrestleMania 36
- Donald Trump holds call with Vince McMahon, Dana White, others
- Pre-show matches announced for WWE WrestleMania 36
- WWE SmackDown ratings for WrestleMania 36 go-home show
- WWE SmackDown video highlights: Cena accepts Wyatt's challenge
- WWE 205 Live results: Kushida vs. Danny Burch
- WWE confirms Goldberg vs. Braun Strowman for WrestleMania 36
- NJPW delays ticket on-sale date for Wrestle Dynasty at MSG
- WWE SmackDown live results: Final build to WrestleMania 36
- Release of The Rock's 'Jungle Cruise' movie delayed until 2021
- WOL: WWE needs a strong post-WrestleMania 36 plan 4/4
- Pacific Rim: Uncertainty, empty arenas and the Island Death Match 4/3
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With UFC, WWE and AEW as being among the last events still trying to run in the U.S., the last vestiges of doing empty arena matches may have been shut down.
On 4/1, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered a 30-day stay-at-home order except for essential businesses. That would in theory eliminate the planned 4/18 UFC 249 show that was targeted for the state, and also eliminate both WWE and AEW from taping at least in April in the state.
AEW had just moved out of Jacksonville and into Norcross, GA, just outside of Atlanta, a decision made on 3/27. WWE was planning on doing Smackdown live at the Performance Center on 4/10, and now they would have to find either a new location or do studio wrap-arounds of old matches.
However that isn’t so simple either because Connecticut, where the WWE studios are, also has a stay-at-home order for non-essential businesses.
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SATURDAY NEWS UPDATE
- ESPN reported about today’s conference call Donald Trump had with sports league commissioners, which also included both Vince McMahon and Dana White: “In a conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told ESPN. Trump also said he hopes to have fans back in stadiums and arenas by August and September, sources said, though it is currently unclear if medical experts find that to be a realistic timeline amid the current coronavirus pandemic.NBA commissioner Adam Silver told those on the call that the leagues were the first to shut down and that they would love to lead the way in starting the economy once there was an 'all clear' from public health officials, sources familiar with the call told ESPN.”
- Drew Gulak indicated that his match against Cesaro and Sami Zayn vs. Daniel Bryan will both be part of WrestleMania night one tonight.
- Triple H responded to a question from TV Guide about how the coronavirus will affect professional wrestling long-term: “People keep saying ‘once everything gets back to normal’ -- I don't think that's going to happen. I think the world has changed. I think that it will get back to some normalcy, but the new normal will be what is normal. It's not going to be what it was before. How people do business, how people interact with each other... I think all of that will change. And for us, in some ways, the opportunity of doing these shows without fans and doing WrestleMania [with] these off-site shoots will open our eyes to different ways of doing things that we maybe didn't see before and will change the product probably for the better in the long run.”
- CBS Sports also interviewed Triple H.
- ESPN has a piece on Brock Lesnar stories from those who know him. CM Punk spoke about Lesnar: “I don't want to ruin his image. I think he's a f---in' sweetheart. This is a guy, when I got into MMA and I left wrestling, he was texting me, ‘Hey, if you need any help.’ I'm always kind of a standoffish guy. It's hard to open up and trust people in the pro wrestling world. But he was never anything but a real sweetheart. It was a pleasure to work with him. He's just a great guy, I think. I think I'm one of the lucky guys who he wanted to work with in pro wrestling. We put together a pretty special match. I don't think Brock gets the credit for how smart of a wrestler he is. I didn't know how Brock was going to be receptive to any ideas. So I, especially at that point in my career, I was like, ‘Let's just go out there and call it in the ring.’ He was totally stoked to do that. I kind of said, ‘I just want to do this and this and this.’ He said, ‘Oh.’ After every idea I had, he had three ideas that spun off that he wanted to do. It was fun. That match is everything that I loved about pro wrestling. Just two guys coming together and being like, ‘F---, let's just do whatever we want and have fun.’ I think Brock has got a big heart, and that's something a lot of people don't talk about. They'll talk about the freak strength and the crazy athletic things he's done in his career, the accomplishments. But they don't talk about the fact that he loves his wife, his kids, lives on a farm and just kind of wants to be left alone. All the fame and the money and everything is really just a side effect of being successful at what he wants to do. And he does what he wants, when he wants. That's the beauty of Brock Lesnar.”
- FS1 is airing three WWE 24 episodes on Tuesday night. The WWE 24 on WrestleMania 31 starts at 8 p.m. Eastern, the episode on WrestleMania 33 starts at 9 p.m. Eastern, and the episode on WrestleMania 34 is at 10 p.m. Eastern. That leads in to a new episode of WWE Backstage.
- The season five premiere of Total Bellas averaged 563,000 viewers on Thursday night. That’s up from every episode from season four, which aired on Sunday nights. The rating in the 18-49 demo for Thursday’s premiere was a 0.25.
- Sports Illustrated has a story on the behind-the-scenes of WrestleMania 36.
- Becky Lynch sent a video to an 11-year-old fan who has autism and was supposed to attend WrestleMania this year.
- Rhea Ripley spoke to TV Insider about her match against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania.
- AJ Styles discussed WrestleMania and his match against The Undertaker with Newsweek.
- The Sporting News has an interview with Drew McIntyre.
- WWE’s 15 greatest WrestleMania title matches of the last 15 years special is now available on YouTube.
- WWE uploaded a Supercut video of every RKO at WrestleMania.
- ROH’s YouTube channel uploaded Kenny Omega vs. Bryan Danielson vs. Tyler Black from 2008.
- Supercard of Honor XI and Supercard of Honor XII are also available to watch on YouTube this weekend.
- Combate reported that UFC 250 is in jeopardy of not being able to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The report stated that the UFC has asked Jose Aldo (who is supposed to challenge Henry Cejudo for the bantamweight title in the main event) and Shogun Rua about the possibility of traveling to the United States and having the event there.
- Khabib Nurmagomedov responded to Conor McGregor’s trash talk: “OK, a couple days ago, he sent message, ‘Hey, people, please take care of your family, be safe, stay home, government says stay home,’ -- couple days ago. Now he talk, ‘I’m in good shape, blah blah blah, I’m gonna fight.’ This is fake. For me, it’s fake. I was always real. Maybe someone like, maybe someone don’t like. But this is not my job. But I was always real. But this guy’s fake.”
- Coach John Kavanagh said there’s no chance of McGregor being a replacement at UFC 249.
- Jairzinho Rozenstruik spoke about UFC 249 and wanting his fight with Francis Ngannou to be for the interim heavyweight title: “If it’s going to happen, I’m going to be on it for sure. Now, I see the main event is in trouble, so for me it would make it more interesting for me and Francis and also the fans. I mean, I’ve been training for four months, I’m ready to go, so I think they should put the interim belt and make it more interesting because the fans would love to see that. The fight between (Daniel Cormier) and Stipe, I don’t know how long that’s going to last,” he continued. “I think with this situation all the fights will be rebooked, so I think people are going to fight twice, maybe once a year. So we don’t know when this situation is going to have a resolution.”
- Dominick Reyes said he was talking to the UFC about a rematch with Jon Jones in the early fall prior to the coronavirus pandemic impacting everything.
- Alexander Gustafsson gave an update on his potential comeback: “I’m (going to be) honest with you: I’m 33 years old and I feel like I’ve got a couple more years in me. I just have to do it correctly this time, and I was actually looking to go to American before this coronavirus (expletive) happened -- to go there and train just to get the feeling again and change the environment. I can’t give a yes or a no, but I’m training and it feels good.”
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