The following is information that we can confirm concerning WrestleMania 37 as of January 7th, 2020. It will be broken down into segments to make it easier to locate information.
As of right now, the exact location of where WrestleMania 37 will be held is still completely up in the air. Los Angeles is still insisting upon having it at SoFi Stadium because of their signed contract with WWE. However, WWE is wanting to move it to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The only concern is the event would be held mere weeks after the Super Bowl at the same location.
To counter this, WWE has previously made known that they are willing to push back the date of WrestleMania to as late as April 18th to allow more time between events. This is part of why WWE opted to use Tropicana Field for the new ThunderDome. Holding both in Tampa would limit travel and exposure for staff, talent, and crew by keeping them in one centralized location.
If the event is held in Los Angeles, it is almost certain that fans will NOT be permitted to attend. This is due to California seeing a massive spike in cases of COVID-19, plus emergency resources being stretched extremely thin. If a talent, fan, or someone else were to be injured during the event, there is no guarantee right now that they would be able to be seen at a nearby hospital. This creates obvious logistical issues for WWE concerning the safety of the talent in the ring.
If the event is held in Tampa, Vince McMahon is certain that he will have fans in attendance, which is certainly not out of the realm of possibility. This is because the NFL will be having a 20% capacity (about 13,000) for the Super Bowl. For the event, organizers are going to be putting fans in groups and in pods to keep them isolated. In addition, the NFL is requiring negative test results both 3 days prior and the day of the Super Bowl in order to attend.
McMahon is insisting on following the same procedures for WrestleMania and other events that weekend, but with an increased capacity of 100%. How exactly he plans to have full capacity while following the same procedures is unknown as it doesn’t seem feasible and realistic. At minimum, he is wanting a 50% (33,000) crowd in attendance for WrestleMania. There was a plan in place to have a few thousand fans at Royal Rumble as a test run, but that plan has been scrapped and no fans will be in attendance.
Hall of Fame
The only thing we know for certain regarding the Hall of Fame Ceremony is that the announced class of 2020 will be inducted and honored during the 2021 WrestleMania weekend. As a refresher, the following are scheduled to be inducted from 2020:
- Bella Twins
- John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL)
- The British Bulldog
- New World Order (NWO)
- Jushin “Thunder” Liger
It is uncertain at this time if anyone will be added to that list for the 2021 Class. We should likely expect to see a few names added, as extending the event to occur over two days has been discussed, giving 2020 their own day, possibly the weekend prior.
The situation regarding TakeOver gets even more complicated. There has been hardly any discussion about whether or not the event will take place at the same location and/or vicinity as WrestleMania or emanate from the Capitol Wrestling Center as they do presently. This is because of the issues with COVID-19 spreading among NXT talent and wanting to keep them isolated from main roster talent. This includes not using the same locations. This is also the reason why Raw Underground has been scrapped for the time being.
All of the information posted is an evolving situation and we will continue to monitor and follow it as it develops.