The History of COVID-19 with the WWE

The WWE is not alone in it having to cancel all its events due to a ban nationwide, one that includes even the best-known names in the business such as World Wrestling Entertainment. That has seen fans locked out from being able to attend any matches. It is estimated that World Wrestling Entertainment has lost close to $20 million in gate revenue as a result of the shutdown. That number increases due to its wrestlers being on contracts and therefore still being paid.

While they will not suffer as a result of wrestling matches not going ahead, those wrestlers who are with other wrestling organizations who perform at independent wrestling shows such as those performed at local arenas, school gyms, bingo halls and bars etc. In their world, the impact of the coronavirus and lack of being able to perform means they are not being paid.

Up and Coming Talent on Hold

One wrestler that is up and coming is Kaci Lennox, who currently performs throughout Florida and is feeling the impact first hand as a result of the closures and state shutdown. Commenting on the things, Kaci Lennox, aged 27 stated “The situation is very problematic. A lot of us depend on wrestling to pay our bills. Some people just don’t have money saved up. You can’t really expect something like this to happen and be prepared. At least most people can’t.”

Lennox, who also works at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida to help pay her bills, has found the timing of the virus to have come at a bad time. Lennox was booked to appear that the “show of shows” for Wrestlemania, a yearly event that features wrestlings biggest names including John Cena and many other stars let alone wild pyrotechnics.

Last year, that same event saw over 100,000 fans gathering for the event hoping to see the action up close and personal. It also saw millions made in extra revenue for its host city in the days before and after the event. This year, the host city was to be Tampa, but with the pandemic and resulting spread of the virus, it was called off and moved to a closed set, which for vendors and local businesses meant a substantial loss in projected income for restaurants, bars, hotels, and other service related industries.