Have we seen the end of the decades old WWE touring schedule?
According to a report in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it seems that is the case.
According to the report, certain talent have been told in recent weeks that when the world gets back to normal, house shows will not be making a return.
From a business point of view, it’s completely understandable. Earnings from touring house shows have been on a steady decline for years to the point of being in the red for the last few years. At the same time TV rights revenues have ballooned to previously unimaginable levels, fuelled by the five year Fox deal for SmackDown and the ten year deal with the Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia.
In addition, regular house show performers who were not often used on TV, such as ring announcer Tony Chimel have been let go during recent rounds of releases.
It is fair to assume that regular international tours that still generate significant revenue, will still take place. The next planned tour is the rearranged UK tour in May 2021. It remains to be seen whether these dates will be maintained or rescheduled further.