CDC Recommendation Puts All Wrestling Events Including WrestleMania 36 in Serious Doubt

-- The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) is urging all gatherings and events that consist of more than 50 people be canceled or suspended for the next eight weeks as a way to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus. If this guidance is followed, it would obviously affect all wrestling promotions, from WWE to the indies, as nobody would be able to run any events through the end of May.

Large events and mass gatherings can contribute to the spread of COVID-19 in the United States via travelers who attend these events and introduce the virus to new communities. Examples of large events and mass gatherings include conferences, festivals, parades, concerts, sporting events, weddings, and other types of assemblies. These events can be planned not only by organizations and communities but also by individuals.

Therefore, CDC, in accordance with its guidance for large events and mass gatherings, recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

-- With the national center advising such a significant and drastic step, it appears to only be a matter of time before WrestleMania 36 is canceled or postponed given that it is expected to draw over 70,000 visitors, many of them internationally. WWE and the city of Tampa have engaged in a bit of a cat-and-mouse game over the last week, with each trying to defer the decision of stopping the event to the other. Whether this has to do with legalities of the contract between the two parties or if it's a matter of public perception remains to be seen, but one or the other will surely cancel the event, perhaps as early as next week.