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REPORT: WWE Raw and SmackDown returning to live TV format

Tonight’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw is the last of the shows that were taped almost two weeks ago at the Performance Center. However, it looks like WWE plans on going back to the live format instead of taping shows in advance.

WrestleVotes is reporting that the 4/10 episode of SmackDown and the 4/13 episode of Raw will air live from the Performance Center.

This essentially puts to rest any rumors of WWE going on a break after WrestleMania. It is clear that Vince McMahon has no plans to postpone any shows and it was made clear last night when they aired a commercial for the Money In The Bank pay-per-view, scheduled for 5/10. The show was scheduled to take place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, MD but it looks more like it will be at the Performance Center.

There is currently a stay-at-home order that runs through Thursday night and it’s expected that the order will be extended. If the order gets extended then it could force WWE to move elsewhere. There has been talk of a secret backup location for future tapings if needed.

It looks like WWE will be forced to run shows with no fans for the next several months as President Donald Trump told league officials and owners on Saturday that he does not expect for stadiums to welcome fans back until August or September. Of course, things could change depending on what the medical experts recommend. If the August/September timeframe turns out to be accurate, then it means that SummerSlam could be in jeopardy and may also have to take place in the Performance Center with no fans.

Related: Backstage WrestleMania news on the Boneyard Match between The Undertaker and AJ Styles.






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