WWE news: Vince McMahon 'determined' to be first to run live events with fans during pandemic

McMahon wants crowds to return to WWE

Coronavirus has hit WWE hard this week. 

Reports suggest at least two dozen employees have tested positive for the virus, putting plans into chaos. 

While we don't know the exact number of cases or exactly who has COVID-19 within the company, it's believed a number of on-screen and in-ring talent have been affected. 

So what happens now? Will WWE shut down for a few weeks to let everyone recover before taping any more shows?

Of course not. Friday's production of RAW was postponed - but only by 24 hours. It's expected to be completed on Saturday instead.

By the sounds of things, it's business as usual - or as close to that as possible. 

Despite a coronavirus crisis within the company, WWE are desperate to push on with plans and are even hoping to take things to the next level in July - by bringing live audiences back.

According to Dave Meltzer of F4WOnline, live SmackDown and RAW shows could be returning as early as next month, with Vince McMahon looking into running them at the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL.

McMahon wants to run live shows in August

That venue, located between Orlando and Tampa, has a capacity of 8,000. But attendance would have to be limited to ensure social distancing guidelines are followed.  

So why are WWE rushing to bring fans back? Because Vince McMahon is 'determined' to be the first person to run a live indoor sports event with fans during the pandemic. 

"The last word is that [live shows] may be pushed to August," Meltzer reports.

"But the July dates were originally set to be announced this coming week because Vince McMahon was determined to be the first person to run a live indoor sports event with a crowd."

Crowds could return for WWE

Did we expect anything less from Vince? Probably not.

But after a week that has seen two dozen coronavirus cases with WWE and a spike in positive tests across Florida, pushing forward with these plans seems very dangerous. 

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