By the time we get to SummerSlam on Sunday August 23rd, WWE will have not run an event anywhere in the world with paying fans for over five months due to the ongoing Coronavirus global pandemic.
Various dates have come and gone that WWE have reportedly targeted as possible for the return of crowds, but none have, as yet been possible due to the continuing rise in infections in many parts of the USA.
Could we actually end up seeing the first attended WWE event since the shutdown take place in Saudi Arabia?
Vince McMahon certainly thinks it is a possibility.
Speaking at the recent WWE annual shareholders meeting, McMahon was asked in a Q&A whether shareholders can expect to see a Saudi event take place later this year, as would have been originally scheduled. His reply was positive but tentative:
“Oh, that’s a possibility. Obviously, Saudi has been going through what we in America have been going through. As far as COVID’S concerned. Right now, I think they’re doing a little bit better than we are [in the U.S.], considerably better. So there’s a possibility that we’ll will still get a show in before the end of the year, as was scheduled. But we’re not certain because, you know, who can be certain about what COVID-19 is going to do.“
Headlined by Goldberg defeating The Fiend for the WWE Universal Title, WWE Super Showdown was one of the last events to take place in front of a paying crowd on February 27th. Could their return to the country mark the return of real crowds in stadiums?
2020 has taught us many times not to assume anything. But it certainly looks like it is being considered.
Thank you to Wrestlenomics for the transcription of the quote used in this piece.