According to the latest Wrestling Observer Radio, WWE had plans to hold a proper live show with paying fans in late-July.
However, likely following the reported COVID-19 outbreak within WWE, Dave Meltzer has noted those plans have been delayed. This has since been corroborated by Fightful.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE was set to hold a SmackDown TV taping on April 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. However, for obvious reasons, that taping did not go ahead.
However, that taping has now been rescheduled for rescheduled as a Monday Night Raw TV taping for September 28. This suggests that WWE is hoping to have normal shows running by then.
The news was confirmed by the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, who have posted the following update on their website:
“WWE Smackdown has been rescheduled to WWE RAW
The WWE Friday Night SmackDown originally scheduled for Friday, April 17 in Cleveland, OH has been postponed to Monday Night Raw on Monday, September 28. All original tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date.”
Tickets start at $20. The show is scheduled to begin at 7:30pm local time that night.
Of course, WWE could always reschedule the this event in Ohio once again, but it certainly seems as if the company will be hoping to resume a normal taping schedule with paying customers before too long.
For the latest on WWE’s plans to return a sense of normalcy, please stay tuned to WrestleTalk.com.