By Frank Ram
Although the world is in crisis due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and every event, sports and otherwise, have either been cancelled or postponed for the safety of the public and its participants, the world of pro-wrestling marches on.
Despite the fact that the Covid-19 Virus is a world-wide killer, 562 deaths in New York City alone in just the past 24 hours, wrestling promotions like WWE and AEW are still putting on shows. Yes, they are in front of empty arenas, but the health and safety of the wrestlers, the crew, and their families should be the primary focus of the companies at this point.
With that said, we are just a few hours away from WrestleMania, and as a life-long fan of the business, I am so psyched to see what unfolds at "The Showcase of the Immortals."
It's not going to be in front of the 70,000+ people in Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL like was originally planned, but being in an empty arena also offers some unique opportunities. Who knows what could be done with the Boneyard match between AJ Styles and Undertaker in post production or the John Cena and The Fiend's FireFly Fun Hose match.
In total, 16 matches will take place over the next two days. I'm not going to give a preview or give predictions for each match. I don't look at spoilers and enjoy to watch the events unfold. I find that I enjoy the product a whole lot more when I don't know exactly what's going to happen.
On the Thursday following the horrific events of 9/11, the WWE put on, what was in my opinion, the most important SmackDown in their history. It was the first public gathering of that size in the United States after the terrorist attack and it really did help bring healing to the country.
While I don't think WrestleMania or any wrestling event should be happening given the circumstances, I do think it's great that for a few hours on Saturday and Sunday, people can take a break from being bombarded with more tragic news about the Coronavirus and enjoy some great pro wrestling.
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