Report: WWE Planning To Broadcast Upcoming Episodes Of SmackDown And Raw Live From The Performance Center
It looks like the company will use a loophole...
The coronavirus pandemic has caused major disruption to WWE and their programming. Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown have been broadcast from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida for a number of weeks and WrestleMania 36 was moved from Tampa, Florida to the WWE facility.
Previously, the company was able to produce new content because they taped all of their shows through to the Raw after Mania. However, since these tapings concluded, the Governor of Florida has imposed a stay-at-home order on the state which restricts travel and the ability for people to leave their homes unless they are engaging in essential activities.
This would seemingly restrict WWE from taping new content unless the company chooses to exploit a loophole in the stay-at-home order and claim they are providing an essential service. According to WrestleVotes, this is what WWE intends to do as the company is planning to broadcast this week's episode of SmackDown and next week's episode of Raw live from the Performance Center.
WrestleVotes tweeted: "Hearing both SmackDown (4/10) & RAW (4/13) will be live from the PC. Seems like WWE will indeed push on, no break at this time coming. Tonight's RAW & this weeks NXT have already been taped."