WWE: TV Tapings Update, Edge on WWE Going Ahead with WrestleMania 36, Updated SmackDown Ratings

WWE Television Tapings Update

WWE reportedly has locked down all of their essential staff and available talent for the Performance Center at a single hotel in Orlando, Florida, according to PWInsider. Mike Johnson reported that WWE has “completely taken over” the hotel as their emergency headquarters with morning production meetings being held in a conference room.

Johnson also reported that only Florida-based producers and none from other parts of the country are working at WWE’s television tapings this week. Jamie Noble, Adam Pearce, Road Dogg, and Shawn Michaels were named as those working at these tapings.

The Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer reported that WWE production trucks were seen at Full Sail University this past Sunday and that tapings for NXT were held at that location instead of the Performance Center.

Edge Comments on WWE’s Decision to Go Ahead With WrestleMania 36 in April

Digital Spy held a recent interview with Edge and one of the topics discussed included his thoughts on WWE’s decision to not postpone WrestleMania 36 and instead going ahead with their plans as scheduled.

“This year more than any year we are all in the midst of something we have never experienced before, the world really needs outlets.

Whether that is books, whether that is movies, whatever it is, just to be able to try and forget and laugh and have fun and remember what it is to be human. That’s why we’re doing this. There’s one reason. That’s the reason.

As long we can try and be as responsible and as safe as we can, why wouldn’t we try and do this for everyone?

As a performer, that’s what we want to do. If we can do that and if people watch and can have fun for a few hours then our mission is accomplished.

It’s a privilege, it’s an honour, it’s also a responsibility – and it’s one that I know all of us don’t take lightly. There’s a reason the show is going on. Those are the reasons why.”

Updated WWE Friday Night SmackDown Ratings

This past Friday’s episode of WWE Friday Night SmackDown drew a final viewership of 2,569,000 on FOX, according to Showbuzz Daily. This was up compared to the initial overnight number of 2,563,000 viewers on the network.