That is certainly different. WWE has a business model that has rarely changed in the past few decades. There are major pay-per-view and television programs with live events taking place throughout the week. These shows often include matches designed as practice sessions for upcoming big shows, offering wrestlers both significant time in the ring and paydays. However, that might not be the case for much longer.
We are still in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and it is unclear how long it will be before things return to normal. WWE has been trying to keep things as good as possible for a long time, but it's unclear how long this will be possible. There will be some things that will never go back to normal, and one of those things would make a pretty big change.
According to Wrestling Observer Live, there is a chance that WWE won't run live events once things are back to normal. The company was already cutting back before the pandemic occurred and it is unknown when fans will be allowed to return to the arenas. It's unclear how the rosters would react to this, as many lower-level fighters would lose much of their income as a result.
Lots of things have happened at live events before. Check out some of the latest moments:
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Opinion: This is something I will have to see to believe, since WWE cutting live events would be a major change in everything they have done over the years. Holding live events offers more benefits than selling tickets. Ignoring all merchandise sales and any other revenue WWE may earn from its events, there is an idea of how the shows make fans care even more about the company. That can boost TV ratings, WWE Network subscriptions, and possibly even attract new fans (parents bringing kids, people bringing friends, etc.). I doubt this will happen, but never say never.
Do you see WWE get rid of live events? What's the best live event you've seen in person? Let us know in the comments below.
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