The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on WWE and its programming. Episodes of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown are being broadcast from an empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, and NXT has been taped in an empty Full Sail University. The company has also stopped broadcasting most of its content live.
Future WWE tapings were thrown into doubt on April 1 after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a stay-at-home order until April 30. Despite this, Fightful Select reported that the company plans to resume tapings on Friday at the Performance Center with a live episode of SmackDown. The next three weeks of WWE content will then be taped in the following days.
How WWE plans to justify taping content during the stay-at-home order remains to be seen. Legally, they can continue as there is a loophole within the guidance from the Department Of Homeland Security. The guidance classifies people working in the TV industry as essential workers and they can, therefore, continue to work during the coronavirus pandemic.