WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon recently spoke with Sports Illustrated to promote WrestleMania 36.
WrestleMania 36 will be held on Saturday, April 4 and Sunday, April 5 in Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center and other locations although the actual event was taped last week.
Many fans have expressed their belief that the biggest event of the year for WWE should’ve been postponed after it was moved to a closed set in front of no fans from the Performance Center.
It’s been reported that no one within the company aside from Vince McMahon wanted the event to take place at all amid the coronavirus outbreak.
During the interview, she stated that the fate of WrestleMania 36 was in doubt at one point.
“It was, actually, because this is an unprecedented time,” she said. “We all have been day-to-day really looking at all of this. Ultimately, as brands and leagues and companies are reinventing themselves, it’s important to stay true to your mission.”
She continued by noting that their mission is to put smiles on people’s faces and went through with the event. She stated that they’re constantly looking at what other leagues and providers are doing.
McMahon touted working with local, regional, and global agencies in addition to putting in the best possible testing measures that they can.
“This is not something where we’re just being bullheaded and moving forward. This is a concerted, very thought-through effort to entertain our fans with our biggest show of the year. It won’t feel and look like our biggest show of the year, but certainly from a content standpoint and a match standpoint, we’re trying to deliver.”
McMahon also talked about not being part of the plans for this year’s WrestleMania, WWE’s precaution measures, and more. You can read the entire interview here.