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Florida Man Declares WWE ‘Essential Business’ Amid Shutdown

There are a lot of words I would use to describe the WWE wrestling that’s taking place in empty gyms right now, and essential is not on the list. Weird, creepy, haunted, cursed…. those are the words I would use. But while Florida has ordered residents to shelter in place for the rest of April, ESPN reports that Governor Ron DeSantis and Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings have decided that sports qualify as essential business.

A spokesperson from DeSantis’ office told ESPN on Monday that such services were characterized as essential “because they are critical to Florida’s economy.”

Yeah, that makes sense, and they’re not allowed to be open to the public. This means that there will be new, live episodes of WWE’s shows like Smackdown, Raw and NXT. Is 205 Live still a thing? I didn’t see any cruiserweight matches at Wrestlemania and the women’s division seems to have filled the role the cruiserweights filled in the old WCW, namely being the only good or interesting thing going on, but McMahon actually promotes them because he’s smarter than Eric Bischoff.

“We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times,” WWE said in a statement. “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.”

On the other hand, these shows have people flying in from all over the country or even all over the world and then putting their hands all over each other. The only thing I can think of that would be riskier than pro wrestling right now would be filming bareback eyeball porn in an Atlanta airport.

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