WWE operations continues, deemed ‘essential’ business in Florida

World Wrestling Entertainment will continue its operations in Florida as its show have been deemed “essential” by the Governor of Florida.

The local authorities was asked Monday how the WWE Performance Center, the company’s training facility, in Orlando has been allowed to continue operations while non-essential companies have been forced to shut down.

The designation “allows WWE to resume live cable-TV broadcasts and wrestling matches three nights a week from its Orlando training facility and Full Sail University.”
“With some conversation with the Governor’s office regarding the Governor’s order, they were deemed an essential business. And so, therefore, they were allowed to remain open,” the mayor said.

WWE has been taping shows at the Performance Center and will reportedly continue to broadcast live on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays moving forward.

According to TMZ, Demings did not go into detail about the governor’s stance on WWE and its operations. Meanwhile it has been reported that WWE confirmed its first positive case of Coronavirus with in its company on Monday. The Centers for Disease Control have listed the 10 essential public health services on its website. Demings did not elaborate what service WWE would fall under.

Demings yesterday said that WWE was “not initially called an ‘essential business,'” but the “decision was reversed.” Reddick notes the Florida Division of Emergency Management last week “outlined additional essential services beyond the governor’s original list that matched WWE’s operations in Orlando.” WWE had planned to “record several weeks of shows beginning this past Friday,” but WWE Chair Vince McMahon “opted to bring back live shows each Monday and Friday.” WWE’s TV contracts “mandate a certain number of live shows per year as opposed to prerecorded programs, which may have played into the decision