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Florida Governor declares WWE “Essential Business,” Raw and SmackDown to continue

Even the oft-terrible WWE Creative Team couldn’t put together an angle this unbelievable.

WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon speaks at a news conference announcing the WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The history of professional wrestling is littered with points where decisions that get made cross the plane into the unbelievable. The Anonymous Raw General Manager. Kane and Katie Vick. There are so many low points in the history of the art form.

But this storyline has crossed from the ridiculous to the sublime as Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has declared WWE wrestling an “essential business” in the state, allowing Monday Night Raw, WWE NXT on Wednesdays, and Friday Night SmackDown to continue unabated.

As you can imagine, the special exception is not being received well on the internet for the publicly-traded WWE.

It’s also doesn’t help that the WWE already had an employee test positive for Covid-19. So what happens when another member of the staff or on-screen talent tests positive? Does this seem like madness? This seems like madness.

Keep in mind WWE CEO Vince McMahon’s wife served as head of Small Business Administration for two years under Donald Trump, and now heads a Super PAC that supports his re-election. DeSantis is an active supporter of Donald Trump, and that this was all done last Thursday and nobody told anyone.

We’ll see if the public backlash is enough to change the taping schedule here, but as of now it appears the show will go on from an industrial park in Orlando. For better or for worse.