The delta variant of COVID-19 is causing a surge of cases nationwide, and an increase in hospitalizations among the unvaccinated. This has many Americans weighing the risk of resuming their pre-pandemic routine. That includes wrestling companies.
We’ve heard rumors that AEW & WWE are evaluating contingency plans in the event the surge continues, and know that several upcoming shows will now require fans to mask up and/or show proof of vaccination to attend.
Last night (Aug. 10), Ring of Honor became the first major company to move a show due to the delta surge. Death Before Dishonor had been scheduled to take place Sun., Sept. 12 at Lakeland, Florida’s RP Funding Center. But with Florida one of the states being hit the hardest by the COVID variant, ROH is moving the show to an as-yet-unannounced location.
ROH made the Baltimore area (where parent company Sinclair Broadcasting’s headquarters are located) their home base during the first stage of the pandemic. They are scheduled to hold a two-night event in Philadelphia at 2300 Arena on Aug. 20 - 21. Either could be a possibility for Death Before Dishonor.
Wherever it lands, the Sept. PPV is set to feature the finals of ROH’s Women’s World Championship tournament.
UPDATE: ROH has announced the show will move to Philly. People who purchased tickets to the Florida show will be refunded in the next seven business days, and on sale information for the new venue will be announced soon.