There was no perfect solution. But WWE’s decision to move WrestleMania 36 to their Performance Center in Orlando for a live audience-free show is gonna result in an... interesting event on Sun. April 5.
Fans aren’t the only ones trying to wrap their head around the concept. As usual, The New Day spoke for all of us...
#Wrestlemania36 pic.twitter.com/ycufLPpBDp— Florida Man (@WWEBigE) March 16, 2020
So like this means that me and @Themikalmosley get to be in the crowd right? Just two best friends watching a wrestling show. Pouring out their emotions for everyone who can’t be there. Those emotions are essential - let us represent you #WoodsAtMania pic.twitter.com/XRQMYQt9bq— Austin Creed - Future King (@XavierWoodsPhD) March 16, 2020
Shayna Baszler used the opportunity to promote herself and her match with Raw Women’s champ Becky Lynch - and drew some praise from a guy who knows a thing or two about promotion:
Now thats a “ticket sellin” tweet— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) March 17, 2020
(empty arena is quite fun though;)
SmackDown Women’s champion Bayley and her bestie Sasha Banks also kept in character for their reactions:
https://t.co/MwwhyBuUVa pic.twitter.com/WE6zgKoljc— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) March 16, 2020
I love you @VinceMcMahon #ThankYouVince https://t.co/bjsw608c9t— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) March 16, 2020
Best Wrestlemania ever!!! I’ll bring the chips https://t.co/AdptuAdzWc— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) March 17, 2020
The Boss did eventually break kayfabe to express some more heartfelt sentiments:
It breaks my ❤️ to know that fans won't be able to attend #WrestleMania They aren't just there to watch the show, they're apart of it! But priority #1 is everyone's health. So on April 5th we will do our very best to put on a show worthy of our fans. Its what you deserve.— $asha Banks (@SashaBanksWWE) March 17, 2020
That was the tack many took:
I can imagine it being frustrating for a lot of the fans that won’t be able to attend this now. But it’s an incredible move from @WWE still wanting to push through and entertain you guys to the best of their ability in such circumstances. Love my WWE family https://t.co/X1QumOextD— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) March 17, 2020
Oh the irony...@WWENetwork released the FCW documentary a few weeks ago. Now everyone on #RAW & #SmackDown is back in promo class.— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) March 17, 2020
Full circle. Love it.
This is true talent!! To get out there with no audience and put on an incredible performance, this is why I love this company @WWE! Putting smiles on peoples faces, entertaining the masses, allowing you to forget about the troubles in this world for a little bit. ♥️ #RAW— (@NiaJaxWWE) March 17, 2020
I'm so sorry to anyone this has inconvenienced, and I know those words don't even help, but BELIEVE we are gonna put on the best possible show for u all. WWE Forever https://t.co/vEyu5WQxSV— LIV Morgan (@YaOnlyLivvOnce) March 16, 2020
I don’t know about y’all but I’m hyped for @WWE #Wrestlemania to be live from the Performance Center on the previously scheduled date. Y’all wanted different, right? Here it is. Can’t get more different than this! Any time, any place, in front of anybody. We’re ready to work!— Dean Muhtadi (@MojoRawleyWWE) March 16, 2020
Couldn’t have said it better. Everyone please stay safe and healthy! https://t.co/2CsHcePqel— Billie Kay (@BillieKayWWE) March 16, 2020
Different circumstances, but the show will go on! Stay safe, everyone https://t.co/zw35dg7V3l— No Way Jose (@WWENoWayJose) March 17, 2020
But it might be the collective “WTF?!?!” from the cruiserweights that really get to what many of us are feeling about, well, everything these days:
Just told my dog about #WrestleMania and now he's contemplating life. pic.twitter.com/uWvCnEf0n1— Ariya Daivari (@AriyaDaivariWWE) March 17, 2020
This is just crazy....— Isaiah Swerve Scott (@swerveconfident) March 16, 2020
What is happening right now— Lio (@itsLioRush) March 16, 2020
I’m so confused— Lio (@itsLioRush) March 16, 2020
Just told my boy the news pic.twitter.com/XyXPFhvUnn— Tony Nese (@TonyNese) March 17, 2020
And, of course, there was this guy’s take.
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