Things are getting stranger and stranger in this crazy year. Earlier in the week, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) announced that this year’s WrestleMania 36 will not take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Instead, the company’s closed-set Performance Center in Orlando will house the event. The WWE issued the statement on Monday.
Now, the company has revealed more changes to their “Showcase of the Immortals.” This year, the big event will take up two nights instead of one. Streaming live on the WWE Network and on pay-per-view, WrestleMania 36 will take place Saturday, April 4th and Sunday, April 5th. Moreover, former New England Patriots’ tight end Rob Gronkowski will act as the host for the program. The WWE said the following on their website:
“WrestleMania 36 is now set for a historic two-night presentation on WWE Network with former New England Patriot Rob Gronkowski hosting The Show of Shows at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 4, and Sunday, April 5. The 2020 edition of The Showcase of the Immortals will make history as the first to span across multiple days. WrestleMania will not only take place at WWE’s training facility but will include multiple locations over two nights.”
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Gronkowski revealed his hosting duties on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon:
It’s official! I’m hosting @WrestleMania this year…and it’s gonna be too big for just one night. For the 1st time, #WrestleMania will be a 🚨2-NIGHT🚨event: Saturday, April 4 AND Sunday, April 5 on @WWENetwork! Tell you more this Friday night on #SmackDown at 8 ET on @FOXTV.
— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) March 18, 2020
The move makes sense. There is no way to have a live audience during the pandemic that is currently sweeping the nation. That said, the industry’s biggest event will be severely lacking in the energy a crowd brings. It’s odd enough seeing the recent Raw and Smackdown programs being in an empty arena. The odd factor skyrockets with WrestleMania 36.
I have missed only one live broadcast of WrestleMania in the last two decades. I can easily say now that this one will stand out for reasons that do not involve the storylines, superstars, or the matches themselves. It’s going to be the empty seats and the eerily quiet arena.
Thanks a lot, COVID-19.
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