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WWE Back in Business after Governor Declares Wrestling ‘Essential’

WWE was set to resume airing live televised matches on Monday after the governor of Florida reversed an earlier decision and declared the wrestling organization an “essential” business.

Although Governor Ron DeSantis has yet to comment on the controversial move, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings on Monday said the governor changed his earlier “non-essential” classification after meeting with WWE executives.

In addition to Monday’s live airing of “Monday Night Raw,” the wrestling organization plans to bring back “NXT” on Wednesday and “SmackDown” on Friday, WWE has announced.

“We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times,” a statement from WWE reads. “We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff.”

The move has brought plenty of critics, but for or those who don’t know, the WWE was still operating anyway and taping their shows every week at their performance center in Orlando. This move allows for the shows to go back to airing live, but still without an audience.