AEW commentator Jim ‘JR’ Ross recently discussed the situation regarding AEW, NXT and WWE having to hold ’empty arena’ style programming due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak over the past few weeks. JR would begin by talking about WWE’s presentation at the Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
“I watched a little bit of SmackDown last week from the Performance Center” Jim Ross began. “And just an interesting thing you know; I’ve done wrestling TV shows back in the day with, you know, 20 people at a TV studio type things.”
JR would elaborate further, saying “we taped in 4h barn one time for a while and Tulsa at the fairgrounds. And then you’d have a little studio audience of maybe two rows of people. So, I’ve done these shows before and it looks like we’re going to be doing AEW; at least as I understand it, and by the time people hear this it may change again. But I think that Jacksonville at Daily’s Place is going to be our place for a while; [at least] until all this bullsh*t blows over and gets addressed in a comfortable way. So I don’t know what else we could do you know? I know everybody’s trying.”
AEW this week did in fact take place at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville in front of a crowd made up purely of AEW employees. This included AEW staff and on-screen performers. It will be interesting to see if AEW are able to continue the momentum as this week saw the Exalted One confirmed and an appearance by Matt Hardy.