WWE has a four-stage plan to get back on the road, culminating with touring events for at least TV and pay per views by the Autumn, according to a report by Wrestling Inc.
The first stage has already started, with friends and family joining Performance Centre trainees in the crowd during tapings over the past few weeks.
Phase two will be to remove the contracted talent completely and have only friends and family in the crowd. Trainees will be ‘on call’ during this stage of the plan if there is a need to create a bigger crowd for specific events.
The phase which will interest most people is the third, where WWE will look to have events run at 50% capacity in Full Sail University and The Performance Centre.
This will fulfil the dual purpose of creating a better atmosphere on TV and showing fans at home that it is safe to be part of a WWE crowd.
The final phase is to be back on the road with a touring programming of some description, including televised events and non-TV shows. This phase is targeted for Autumn but clearly, this is an optimistic timeframe and reliant on the effects of the pandemic continuing to diminish.