• The coronavirus has affected every sporting event worldwide
  • WWE continues with their shows without an audience
  • Wrestlemania will push through but without the live audience

The coronavirus has affected the entire world with the threat it brings to everyone. Thousands are infected, people are losing their lives, and countries are adjusting to the new life the virus has brought to society.

Major sporting events have started canceling their events, as even athletes are not immune to COVID-19. The National Basketball Association currently has three positive players of the coronavirus in the active roster. Football and other clubs also have their share of people in their community who tested positive.

School and work are being called off along with major shows. While the WWE has not taken the decision to pull the plug on their programs, they’ve continued airing live with a twist – they’re performing without an audience.

The first episode without fans was during the March 13 Friday Night SmackDown show where only essential personnel were allowed within the vicinity. It was performed in the performance center where the empty seats provided a different aura to the show – better audio of the in-ring action, eerie promos, and a new and never before seen perspective.

With WrestleMania approaching, it was the best interest of the company and in compliance with local partners and government officials to not push through in Tampa Bay, Florida.

It will instead follow a similar format it has been using now with the show streaming. “Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania,” the statement said.

WrestleMania is arguably the biggest event in the wrestling industry. Thousands of fans flock to the arena for the biggest pay per view of the year as WWE goes all out in the production of the show. Important storylines and rivalries have culminated through the years in the grandest event in WWE. The pay per view features a grand display of fireworks, high-quality production, and magnificent entrances of the wrestlers.

It will be interesting to note how the show will turn out without an audience and a grand stadium. This will be a new perspective and will be the remaining sporting event considering how most sports have decided to cancel in the interim.

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John Cena attends the WrestleMania 30 press conference at the Hard Rock Cafe New York on April 1, 2014 in New York City. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images