As of this writing, WWE has yet to confirm or postpone WrestleMania 36 in Tampa and it’s looking more likely that the city will have to pull the plug on the show.
WWE is moving forward with storylines and they are still advertising that the show will take place on April 5th. However, in the likelihood that the city of Tampa decides to pull the plug on the show, WWE officials have been working on contingency plans and Vince McMahon still wants to do the show live in some form with the Performance Center being discussed as a possible option.
So, if WWE is planning on contingency plans in the very likely event that Tampa will pull the plug, then why isn’t WWE making any announcements to let fans know that the show will most likely not take place in Tampa?
Bryan Alvarez discussed this on Sunday’s Wrestling Observer Live and noted that he’s heard from people in WWE that an insurance policy is the reason.
“I don’t know for sure, I can’t tell you 100 percent,” Alvarez said. “But I’ve heard from more and more people very close to WWE who are telling me that the reason this thing has not been canceled or postponed is an insurance reason.”
“The city needs to prevent WrestleMania from happening for WWE to collect on an insurance policy. That is the information that I’ve been given from several people. I don’t know if this is true or not but these people are close to WWE and that’s what they’re saying.”
I asked around about this and a couple of people from WWE that I spoke with have heard the same story about the insurance policy.
A decision on the show is expected in the coming days. The city of Tampa has indicated that if WWE doesn’t decide on what to do with the show by this week then they will decide to cancel the show.