'Just unreal': Fans erupt as WWE makes huge call on staging WrestleMania

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) fans are in shock after the announcement WrestleMania will be moved away from Tampa Bay and performed behind closed doors.

Since the coronavirus crisis, the WWE has taken the steps - in line with a few other sports - to perform behind closed doors.

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But with WrestleMania 36 just a few weeks away, which is the biggest show in the calendar year for the WWE, the business made the huge announcement to take it away from Tampa Bay and a huge crowd.

“In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place,” a WWE statement read.

Brock Lesnar celebrates, with his manager Paul Heyman, after winning the WWE Universal Championship match. (Photo by Fayez Nureldine / AFP)

“However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view. Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania.”

The news that the most highly-anticipated wrestling event would be carried out behind closed doors and in the performance centre stunned fans.

Fans couldn’t help but feel sorry for the wrestlers who work their whole career to star in the show, but now will have to perform in front of no crowd.

WWE wrestlers react

Wrestlers took to social media to express their shock but resilient mindset during the difficult times.

Female wrestler Shayna Baszler already took to social media to claim she wouldn’t let the change in venue or no crowd dampen her excitement for her WrestleMania debut.

Others were stunned and felt sorry for the fans who were going to make the trip to the iconic event.