Last night, All Elite Wrestling returned to live programming with Dynamite. The promotion will produce a combination of live and taped content going forward, as next week's edition of Dynamite will be taped, while shows on May 20 and May 27 will be live. The Double Or Nothing pay-per-view on May 23 will also be broadcast live.
Approximately 60 percent of AEW's roster was available for last night's taping. With this in mind, the young promotion put additional safety measures in place as AEW President Tony Khan confirmed all staff were tested for coronavirus before they were allowed to enter Daily's Place. All staff tested negative.
Khan tweeted: "#AEWDynamite is live tonight on TNT at 8pm ET/7CT! I’ve tested negative for COVID as have all wrestlers & staff here, we’re taking best precautions possible & it’ll be a great show with the debut of Matt Hardy teaming w/ Kenny Omega v. Jericho & Guevara, + @JonMoxley v. Kazarian!"
The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees 115 also revealed that portable wash stations and hand sanitiser stations were set up around the arena. Masks were also worn at all times by backstage staff, and social distancing was enforced amongst union members.
IATSE 115 posted on Facebook: "We reopened with AEW-All Elite Wrestling SAFELY at Daily’s Place Amphitheatre today. A COVID-19 Rapid Test was given to every stagehand, road crew, venue staff and talent before entering the venue. Portable wash stations, hand sanitizer stations, mandatory masks covering, social distancing (especially at breaks) at all times. We didn’t ask to be the first but we are and we are working to keep it SAFE!"