2021 WWE WrestleMania 37

WrestleMania 37 is the upcoming 37th annual WrestleMania professional wrestling pay-per-view and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brand divisions—although WrestleMania 36 had also featured the NXT brand, this has not yet been confirmed for WrestleMania 37. It is scheduled to take place as a two-night event on April 10 and 11, 2021 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. Following the merger of the WWE Network under Peacock in the United States, WrestleMania 37 will be the first major WWE event in which U.S. subscribers can only stream the event via Peacock’s WWE Network channel.

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The event was originally scheduled to take place on March 28, 2021 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California; however, the COVID-19 pandemic in California made it unlikely that the event could be held there with in-person spectators. Florida, however, lifted those restrictions, and WWE in turn pushed the date of the event back and moved it to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, which was the originally planned venue for WrestleMania 36 before the pandemic forced it to be relocated and held behind closed doors at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida. As a result, it will mark the first time WWE will have ticketed fans in attendance for an event during the COVID-19 pandemic, though to a limited capacity; the last WWE event to have ticketed fans was NXT on March 11, 2020 just before the pandemic took effect.

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE suspended its touring arena shows in mid-March 2020, and moved its weekly broadcasts for the Raw and SmackDown brands, as well as pay-per-views, to their WWE Performance Center training facility in Orlando, Florida, with no outside spectators and only essential staff present. This included WrestleMania 36, which was the first pay-per-view to be affected by the pandemic. NXT continued to broadcast from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida, but with similar limitations.[18] In late August, WWE moved its programming for Raw and SmackDown to Orlando’s Amway Center, using a new arena production billed as the “WWE ThunderDome” to display a virtual audience on LED displays around the ring, but still without outside spectators. In October, NXT moved to the Performance Center in a similar setup dubbed the Capitol Wrestling Center (which includes a small live audience),while in December, the ThunderDome relocated to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.

In October 2020, it was reported by the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that WWE was relocating WrestleMania 37 to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida as present health orders and the state of the pandemic in California made it unlikely that the event could be held with in-person spectators on the originally-scheduled date. By contrast, Florida officially removed capacity limits for sporting events in late August, but local sports organizations have continued to voluntarily limit their capacity in accordance with CDC guidance. Rival promotion All Elite Wrestling (AEW) has held tapings with spectators at Jacksonville’s Daily’s Place since late August 2020, at 15% of the venue’s capacity.[26] The Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL) began admitting fans to its games at Raymond James Stadium in October, with a maximum capacity of 25%, while Super Bowl LV was hosted by the stadium on February 7, 2021 with an official attendance of 24,835 spectators.

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Raymond James Stadium, the site of WrestleMania 37, shown prior to Super Bowl LV with cardboard cut-outs being placed in selected seats to enforce physical distancing.
On January 16, 2021, WWE officially announced that WrestleMania 37 would take place at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and like WrestleMania 36, it would be a two-night event, held on April 10 and 11, 2021. WWE also confirmed that SoFi Stadium would instead host WrestleMania 39 in 2023, as 2022’s WrestleMania 38 was scheduled for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Mayor of Tampa Jane Castor stated that the event would be “in true WWE fashion, the perfect comeback story and marks a clear indication that our beautiful city is poised to bounce back stronger than ever.” Mayor of Inglewood James T. Butts Jr. welcomed WWE’s decision to allow Tampa to “have their rightful WrestleMania moment”.WWE also announced that they would reveal the event’s COVID-19 safety protocols soon.In an interview with TMZ Sports on January 19, Stephanie McMahon affirmed WWE’s plan to have live fans in attendance at WrestleMania 37, stating that “hopefully, this will be the first opportunity for us to have our fans back in attendance.” She also said that they would be watching how the NFL handled hosting the Super Bowl to learn logistically what does and does not work.

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Matches
1 Roman Reigns (c) (with Paul Heyman) vs. Edge Singles match for the WWE Universal Championship
2 Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair Singles match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship
3 Bobby Lashley (c) (with MVP) vs. Drew McIntyre Singles match for the WWE Championship
4 The New Day (Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods) (c) vs. AJ Styles and Omos Tag team match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship

Elina Raven is an author and content writer for maxblizz. Elina completed her graduation in MA Screen Production - Screenwriting and Documentary at the University Of the West Of England, Bristol.

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