AEW has taped enough content over the past couple of weeks for weeks of upcoming shows if needed, according to Pro Wrestling Torch.
AEW taped on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the 1 Fall Power Factory wrestling school in Norcross, GA, which was the site of Wednesday’s Dynamite. Georgia announced on Wednesday that there will be a stay-at-home order for the state starting today until April 13, and it may be extended after that.
AEW also taped content over the past couple of weeks when they were at Daily’s Place in Jacksonville. They’ll be mixing content from both locations on their upcoming shows and will be adding more content and interviews from other wrestlers.
Some of the matches taped for Dynamite may end up being used for AEW Dark instead if stay-at-home orders are relaxed in the next few weeks and AEW is able to do live shows again soon, though that’s seeming less likely as the days go by. AEW does reportedly have another backup location if they decide to do another live show soon, according to Dave Meltzer.
The wrestlers who taped matches are essentially the same ones who have been on Dynamite and Dark over the past couple of weeks. They are mostly wrestlers from the southeast of the US, who were able to drive in to the location. That means that wrestlers like the Young Bucks and SCU, who are from California, won’t be wrestling on the next few weeks of shows. Wrestlers who live near coronavirus “hot spots” like New York also didn’t travel. Chris Jericho did travel to the show to participate on commentary.
Those wrestlers who didn’t travel to the tapings were also intentionally told not to so that AEW could have two distinct groups who haven’t mingled together for weeks. This way if someone is infected with the coronavirus, AEW wouldn’t need to quarantine the entire roster, PW Torch says.
As of now, there is no knowledge of anyone in AEW having COVID-19 symptoms, PW Torch was told by AEW.
The entire roster has also been told to isolate for two weeks to be safe and ready in case AEW is able to produce new content again soon.
AEW taped the TNT Championship tournament this week up to the final match, which is scheduled for the May 23 Double or Nothing PPV if that still happens. AEW also already taped the Jon Moxley vs. Jake Hager AEW Championship match a couple of weeks ago. That will air on April 15 and will have Jim Ross on commentary.