Could Coronavirus Cause the Cancellation of Wrestlemania???

Written by joe.breaux

The Superbowl of Wrestling is just a few weeks away. Tens of thousands of fans have spent thousands of dollars in hotel and travel, taken vacation days, planned for almost a year for this possibly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Imagine the horror of logging onto WWE.com days prior to departure to read this headline:

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus, the WWE has been forced to postpone this year’s Wrestlemania. We will be offering a full refund to ticketholders. Details will be released shortly. The cancellation of Wrestlemania is very unfortunate; however, the safety of our Superstars and the members of the WWE Universe are of the utmost importance.

Now of course this is a worst-case scenario; an Armageddon in the eyes of Vince McMahon. In my opinion, short of the venue or the government stepping in and forcing the WWE to cancel the event, I do not believe Vince McMahon would make the decision on his own to cancel his largest event of the year. However, I don’t believe it’s not completely out of the question.

Many other sporting events are cancelling or postponing due to the spread of COVID-19. This includes many Olympic qualifying events, European football, LPGA events in China, and European auto racing. This week NJPW announced cancellation of all events from March 1 to March 15th including the New Japan Cup. As of this writing, no events in the United States have been cancelled due to concerns of the virus.

On February 26th, the CDC announced the first US case of a man in Northern California who had contracted COVID-19 without any history of travel outside of the US or close contact with another patient with known infection.  To put it quite frankly, there is no evidence how this patient contracted the virus. This is very disturbing.

As of the writing of this article there are a confirmed 82,419 worldwide cases and 2,808 deaths from the Coronavirus. Many countries are in the early discussions of travel restrictions. There are talks (although in the infancy stage) of restricting large gatherings which would include sporting events, concerts, etc. The probability of the cancellation of Wrestlemania is very low, but you would be foolish to think that it doesn’t exist.

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