WrestleMania: How WWE superstars felt about performing amid coronavirus chaos
WWE superstars didn’t mind wrestling at WrestleMania 36 and were even determined to put together an incredible show. Vince McMahon’s promotion decided against following the example of other sport franchises, such as the NBA, Premier League and UEFA, which decided to suspend their season until further notice due to COVID-19.
The attitude among the wrestlers was, ‘Everyone really wanted to work hard and try to make this work’
The deadly virus has spread in the United States recording 330,263 cases as well as 9,444 deaths but the wrestling giants have insisted on going ahead with the show.
Wrestlers have taken a significant risk by agreeing to perform as they obviously didn’t adhere to any social distancing rules inside the ring.
However, Wade Keller of PWTorch.com claims WWE superstars didn’t treat this whole situation as a chore, like they have reportedly done so during shows in Saudi Arabia.
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But instead they all motivated each other to give it their all in the ring and try to put together one of the greatest WrestleMania shows of all time so that they can help the fans forget about the ongoing pandemic.
Keller said: “From a number of wrestlers who were at the tapings, I did hear that this was not like a Saudi Arabia [feeling of] ‘Let’s just get through this.’ The attitude among the wrestlers was, ‘Everyone really wanted to work hard and try to make this work.’
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“This did come across as a night where the wrestlers were like, ‘We’re here, we’re not here under protest or resentful or we don’t see this as [not] important.’
“I was told the attitude among the crew was ‘Lets surprise people.’ That was the attempt and I think it’s clear they were attempting to work hard and salvage this given the tough circumstances.”
WWE taped WrestleMania last week at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida behind closed doors due to the coronavirus outbreak.
The wrestling giants undertook some rigorous safety measures as they limited the amount people allowed during filming and wouldn’t let anyone into the PC without undergoing a medical check first.
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WWE aired the first part of the Show of Shows on Saturday night and featured a series of entertaining encounters inside the empty venue.
Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg for the Universal Championship, Becky Lynch retained the RAW Women’s Championship by beating Shayna Baszler and The Undertaker destroyed AJ Styles in the first ever Boneyard Match.
WrestleMania concludes tonight with British superstar Drew McIntyre getting set to headline the Show of Shows by challenging WWE Champion Brock Lesnar.
Edge will battle Randy Orton in a Last Man Standing Match, John Cena will go one-on-one with Bray Wyatt in a Firefly Fun House Match and Bayley will defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship against four other competitors.
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