Long-running independent IWA Mid South returned to action on Friday night, staging an event in Indianapolis, IN. Fans were in attendance at the show, but as a photo of the event revealed, not only were said fans mostly sitting close to one another (not adhering to distancing recommendations), but the majority were not wearing masks.
IWA Mid South initially posted the photo of the crowd on Twitter, but soon deleted it. Others, however, retweeted the photo themselves, and criticized the promotion for the lack of proper protocol.
"This isn't smart or safe," tweeted Black Label Pro owner Mikey Blanton. "If you're there without a mask, shame on you. I just cannot believe how little thought was put into this."
AEW referee Bryce Remsburg added, "If you truly want indie wrestling to come back safely, this ain’t the way."
Game Changer Wrestling will be running a show in the same city on Saturday night, also with fans in attendance. Contra to IWA Mid South's setup, GCW has announced that for this show (which is being held outdoors), fans will be distanced, masks will be provided, and there will be a dozen hand sanitizer stations on site.