The coronavirus has wreaked havoc in the professional wrestling world. Numerous promotions have cancelled shows including Stardom, New Japan Pro-Wrestling, AAA, IMPACT Wrestling and Ring Of Honor. More cancellations are expected in the coming days, with WrestleMania 36 likely to be scrapped by Hillsborough County officials.
One promotion that will continue running shows is All Elite Wrestling as the next two episodes of Dynamite will be broadcast behind closed doors. Wednesday's event looks set to be stacked as well, as Dark Order's Exalted One will finally be revealed and The Elite and The Inner Circle will face off in a Six-Man Tag Team Match ahead of their Blood & Guts bout on next week's episode.
AEW Executive Vice President Cody Rhodes was recently asked why the promotion has not simply cancelled the shows. The American Nightmare ultimately explained that he believes it is important for "entertainment leaders" to provide an escape for people who are sitting at home, especially during what is a difficult time for many.
Cody tweeted: "A lot of folks are sitting at home. Some scared...all bored. Just like real community leaders have come forward, entertainment leaders have to follow suit(safely). People need to laugh, cry, forget, love, all the good stuff. My personal opinion, we shouldn’t hold back."