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WWE: TakeOver & Hall of Fame not taking place as previously scheduled


After WWE finally announced the fate of this year's WrestleMania Monday night, questions arose as to what the plan was for both NXT TakeOver and the Hall of Fame Ceremony, two staples of the weekend leading up to the company's biggest show of the year. 

Quite simply, they don't appear to be happening -- at least not in their usual form.

WWE's statement to this writer and other media outlets was consistent: “The WWE Hall of Fame Ceremony and NXT TakeOver will not take place as previously scheduled. We will share further details as they become available.”

The key part of that phrase, however, is "as previously scheduled."

The prevailing sentiment is that some form of an NXT TakeOver event will air from the Performance Center, likely the Wednesday before WrestleMania and a major coup in the "Wednesday Night Wars" against AEW who announced they will continue to run Dynamite in front of closed set locations for the forseeable future.

That leaves the Hall of Fame ceremony which can't happen in its usual form with an audience due to the coronavirus outbreak. Given the need for live and new content with virtually the entire sports world on hiatus, WWE could use recorded acceptance speeches during Raw, SmackDown, or on a separate program, but that is simply speculation.