WWE Reschedules 2020 United Kingdom Tour to Spring 2021
As noted before, WWE postponed this year’s tour of the United Kingdom due to the global coronavirus pandemic. This tour was originally scheduled to take place in May and later rescheduled to October prior to being postponed for a second time.
Fightful’s Jeremy Lambert reported that WWE recently rescheduled their planned 2020 United Kingdom tour to the new dates of April 28th to May 3rd in 2021. Lambert also reported that this tour was also changed from being a SmackDown branded tour to now being a RAW branded tour.
Updated WWE United Kingdom 2021 tour schedule:
- April 28th – WWE Live event in Cardiff, Wales at the Motorpoint Arena
- April 29th – WWE Live event in Sheffield, England at the FlyDSA Arena
- April 30th – WWE Live event in Newcastle, England at the Utilita Arena
- May 1st – WWE Live event in Glasgow, Scotland at the SSE Hydro
- May 2nd – WWE Live event in Birmingham, England at the Utilita Arena
- May 3rd – WWE RAW in London, England at the O2 Arena
AJ Styles Comments on WWE’s Newest Talent Ban & His Bout with COVID-19
During a recent streaming session held by AJ Styles on his Twitch gaming channel, Styles commented on WWE’s newest ban on their talent for outside third party services and clarified earlier comments made about his bout with the coronavirus.
On the topic of WWE’s newest ban for outside third party services, Styles stated:
“Let’s talk about the stream. Is it going to continue? And from the contacts that I’ve had, the information I got is WWE does want us to interact with our fans, and that means streaming. They want this to happen, they want you to have a YouTube channel, there are things they want you to do and be able to do and what we knew was a little vague at first.
We did different things and it was borderline whether we knew we could do it or not and so, those will be answered but streaming I don’t think will be one of those that are taken away, um, YouTube is not one of those that will be taken away. There will be changes in other areas I’m sure of it and I don’t know exactly where that is. But let me say this again, they, the WWE want us to be able to stream and interact with our fans and that’s exactly what we’re doing, that’s exactly what I’m doing. From Adam Cole to Breeze and Xavier Woods, Baron Corbin it’s what we do, it’s fun.”
On the topic of his recent bout with the coronavirus, Styles stated:
“Another thing I need to clarify is with the COVID. I had that like a month-and-a-half ago, whenever it was to the point where the CDC says you have to be quarantined for ten days. I got tested, I went home for ten days, stayed in the basement, was able to go to work because of the scheduling when they had it (TV tapings) next, it was ten days I was able to go back to work. The reason I let you guys know is that I wanted to let you guys know that for some of us it’s not that bad, for some of them it is. I just wanted you guys to know that I had it and that I’m okay – and had I not been tested I never would have never known I had it and I could have spread it, I guess. So, that’s good on WWE’s part for testing everyone, that’s a good thing.”
Transcript h/t: PostWrestling.com
Upcoming New Content for WWE Network
A new episode in WWE’s The Day Of series and more past indie events are among the new content arriving this weekend on the WWE Network, according to WWENetworkNews.com
WWENetworkNews reported that a new episode in the The Day Of documentary series will be arriving on September 13th and will focus on this past month’s SummerSlam 2020 event.
It was also reported that several more past indie events from WWE’s affiliated promotions will be arriving on September 12th. These events are:
- ICW Fight Club 95 from 2018.
- EVOLVE 126 from 2019.
- wXw Shortcut To The Top 2020 from 2020.
- PROGRESS Chapter 94 from 2019.
In an interesting note, WWE reportedly edited out content from the WWE Network version of wXw’s Toronto 2019 event, according to the Wrestling Observer. Dave Meltzer reported that the content removed had featured talent who were among those accused in this past June’s #SpeakingOut sexual harassment and abuse allegations. This included two matches and one angle featuring Julian Pace, Jay Skillet, and David Starr.