WWE changes filming schedule, fewer live TV shows

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WWE Performance CenterWWE is again changing its taping schedule and will now pre-tape more upcoming episodes of Monday Night RAW, Friday Night SmackDown, and NXT, cutting down on the number of live shows during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that WWE will continue to have live shows until next’s week’s edition of SmackDown. After that, WWE will begin taping future episodes on separate days of the week.

The schedule through July is:

  • SmackDown will air this evening live as scheduled on FOX
  • Raw will air on Monday live as scheduled on USA Network
  • NXT will air on Wednesday live as scheduled
  • Next Friday, SmackDown will air live as scheduled
  • Saturday, April 25; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (airing May 1 and May 8)
  • Monday, April 27; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air the following week on May 4)
  • Wednesday, April 29; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 6)
  • Monday, May 11; one episode of Raw will be taped for that night and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 15
  • Tuesday, May 12; one episode of Raw will be taped for May 18 and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 22
  • Wednesday, May 13; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 20)
  • Monday, May 25; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night, the other will air on June 1)
  • Tuesday, May 26; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one will air on May 29, the other will air on June 5)
  • Wednesday, May 27; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on June 3)
  • Monday, June 8; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 12
  • Tuesday, June 9; one episode of NXT will be taped for June 10
  • Monday, June 15; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 19
  • Tuesday, June 16; one episode of Raw taped for June 22 and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 26
  • Wednesday, June 17; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is that night, the other will air on June 24)
  • Monday, June 29; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air on July 6)
  • Tuesday, June 30; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one for July 3 and one for July 10)
  • Wednesday, July 1; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on July 8)

This change comes after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently deemed WWE and other sports and entertainment properties in the state as “essential business”. That allowed WWE to resume live tapings at its Performance Center in Orlando with both the governor and the company receiving backlash following the decision.

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WWE will continue to have shows without any fans in attendance with only a limited number of personnel on-hand during the tapings. The company will continue to utilize safety measures including taping the temperature of anyone before entering the PC and after leaving. Plus, there will be heavy cleaning done before, during, and after each taping.

WWE issued a statement saying: “We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times. We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”

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