On Thursday, AEW announced they would move the next two episodes of Dynamite due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis. Now, they’ve also announced changes to the first two shows in April as well.
Details were in a thread the company’s official account tweeted last night (Fri., Mar. 13):
DYNAMITE ANNOUNCEMENT FOR: Milwaukee & St. Louis
As a precautionary measure against COVID-19, the AEW DYNAMITE show on April 1 in Milwaukee, WI, will be relocated. The show will be televised live on TNT on April 1.
The DYNAMITE show in Milwaukee will be rescheduled for Wednesday, October 28, at the UWM Panther Arena. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the Milwaukee show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on October 28. Additional details will be forthcoming.
The AEW DYNAMITE show on April 8 in St. Louis, MO, will also be relocated. This show will be televised live on TNT on April 8.
The DYNAMITE show in St. Louis will be rescheduled for Wednesday, October 7, at Chaifetz Arena. Fans who have already purchased tickets to the St. Louis show will be offered a refund via the point of purchase, or have their original ticket valid for admission to the event on Oct. 7. Additional details will be forthcoming.
We appreciate your understanding as the safety and well-being of our fans and talent is always our top priority. We will continue to closely monitor this evolving situation related to COVID-19 and be guided by government officials, health organizations and venue management.
When the initial relocations were announced, AEW moved this upcoming Wednesday’s show to Jacksonville, Florida’s Daily Place. That venue, which hosted the company’s Fight For The Fallen show last July, is a part of TIAA Bank Field, the home stadium of the NFL franchise owned by AEW President Tony Khan’s father, Shad.
The delay in announcing where the Mar. 25, and April 1 & 8 shows will film may be due to Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry suspending all events and public gatherings at local venues. TIAA Bank Field was on the list of venues closed by the city’s state of emergency declaration. Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer reports that the Mar. 18 show will be allowed to go forward from Dailey’s Place, but probably in front of an empty amphitheater.
Just a note from AEW, Wednesday's show at Daily's Place is still on. Things are still having to be worked out as far as details go but it will have to be without fans.— Dave Meltzer (@davemeltzerWON) March 13, 2020
AEW’s television contract means they’ll create content for TNT to air each week. Where they’ll film that content remains to be seen however. Unlike WWE, All Elite doesn’t have a Performance Center to fall back on. Executive Vice-President Cody Rhodes did recently purchase a stake in wrestling school in Georgia, but it’s unlikely that’s as production-ready a facility as Triple H’s home base in Orlando.
We’ll let you know what they come up with.