WrestleMania without fans serves as bad reminder

WrestleMania without fans serves as bad reminder

Braun Strowman defeated Goldberg in front of no fans at WrestleMania. (WWE)

The signs said this was WrestleMania. The pay-per-view order ($34.99) said this was WrestleMania. Rob Gronkowski, serving as host, declared that it was WrestleMania. So did Stephanie McMahon, who noted pre-fight the company was there to offer a “distraction” to the country.

And, indeed, over the course of three hours Saturday night, a lot of familiar WrestleMania faces appeared — Paul Heyman, Goldberg, The Undertaker. They offered the kind of distraction that’s made pro wrestling so enduringly popular. 

this one was set for Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay). It comes with waves of cheers, chants, signs and rowdiness. Now it was trying to exist in our coronavirus world. ‘ data-reactid=”37″>The extravaganza is usually held in a jammed football stadium (this one was set for Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay). It comes with waves of cheers, chants, signs and rowdiness. Now it was trying to exist in our coronavirus world. 

The WWE was forced to stage the event in its Orlando performance center, basically a television studio with a ring in the middle. Its 18 scheduled fights were taped on March 25-26 and broadcast Saturday and Sunday (7 p.m. ET).

It wasn’t the same. How could it be? And perhaps that’s a sign of what’s to come if other sports return to empty bleachers. 

Either way, for action-starved fans, that’s a deal they’ll take at this point. For wrestling, it allowed its spring main event to go off.

Better than nothing. Much better, actually. It may have been a slap in the face of social distancing efforts, but when did pro wrestling ever care about slaps in the face? 

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