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Jim Ross Talks AEW and WWE Working Empty Arena Events

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.

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Under The Black Hat, by Jim Ross. Is available now for pre-order from Simon & Schuster and Amazon.

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