On April 9, the Florida Governor's office published a memo which added "professional sports and media production" to the list of essential services in the state. When quizzed about his decision, a spokesperson for Ron DeSantis said WWE was "critical to Florida's economy" and had therefore been designated as an essential business.
The memo's publication opens up Florida to a whole host of sporting events during the coronavirus pandemic. Ring Of Honor and Major League Wrestling have already said they will not follow WWE's example, but boxing promoter Bob Arum told ESPN last night that he plans to reach out to WWE as he was interested in holding fights at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida in the Summer. Arum said he was close to Vince McMahon but did admit he would only hold fights if there was "adequate testing" available.
Arum said: "It's very, very interesting, and we're going to be in touch with them. There's a possibility to use their facility to maybe do events without a crowd."
He later added: "We're very close with Vince and the WWE. So let's see, but we're still not talking before June."