Despite the State of Florida being on a ‘safer-at-home’ order — essentially stay-at-home, just a nicer way of putting it — the WWE will be returning to live TV effective on Monday, as reported first by Pro Wrestling Sheet. While the shows will be live, the WWE Universe will still not be in attendance.
Raw and Smackdown will emanate from the WWE Performance Center. NXT will reportedly return home to Full Sail University. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued the order to be in effect until April 30th, with only essential businesses being open for operation.
In a statement to ESPN from an employee within the company regarding the decision to go live with ‘essential’ personnel only
Per WWE statement:
“We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times,” the statement said. “We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”
There is no word if the WWE will record more content during the week; in the event that the company receives any backlash on a disregard of the Governor’s orders.