The fate of WrestleMania 36 has been decided.
WWE issued a statement today announcing that WrestleMania 36 and its related events for that week will no longer take place in Tampa, Florida. WrestleMania will instead air live from the Performance Center on its originally scheduled date of Sunday, April 5. Only essential personnel will be in attendance on the closed set.
“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place," WWE's statement said. "However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”
WrestleMania 36 was supposed to be held at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, but it had become clear over the last several days that -- due to the coronavirus pandemic -- the show wouldn't be able to go on in its originally planned form.
“I’m hoping that Vince McMahon and WrestleMania and WWE make the call themselves but a week from now, if they've not done that and we’re still in the situation we're in, we'll probably have to pull the plug on that," Hillsborough County Commissioner Les Miller had said last Thursday.
WWE put out a statement last week saying they were committed to holding WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium on April 5 but were putting contingency plans in place in the event that the show was canceled by government officials, civil authorities, and/or local venues.
Last Friday's SmackDown, tonight's Raw, and this Wednesday's NXT have all also officially been moved to the Performance Center.