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WWE Wrestlers Performing Without An Audience Due To COVID-19 Is … Something Else

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The show must go on, we guess.

World Wrestling Entertainment fans were treated to quite an awkward scene during “WWE Friday Night SmackDown,” when John Cena and Bray Wyatt did their absolute best to talk smack without an audience due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The performance by these professionals wrestlers performing in front of no audience b/c of coronavirus is award worthy pic.twitter.com/uER4mBZmj0

— Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz) March 16, 2020

In a clip of the truly weird moment — shared with non-wrestling fans on Twitter thanks to New York Times Styles reporter Taylor Lorenz — the two men engage in a verbal spat as a promo for WrestleMania 36, one of pro wrestling’s biggest nights.

Without an enthusiastic audience to feed off of, the confrontation comes off like a vaguely surreal Shakespearean play.

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What makes the scene even more bizarre is the inclusion of Wyatt’s alter-ego “The Fiend” — a demonic masked figure who makes a brief cameo at the very end of the clip.

Wrestling fans and others, however, seemed to appreciate the performance … while some weren’t feeling it.

Bray Wyatt has been amazing for years, but performing in front of an empty building in dead silence enhances him to another level

— Will (@WillWithaZ) March 16, 2020

This was an epic episode ( I saw it live). Cena and Bray knocked it out of the park and somehow it worked *better* without the audience.

— Sriram Krishnan (@sriramk) March 16, 2020

Who needs “Broadway in the Park” when we’ve got this

— Azad Yakatally (@AYakatally) March 16, 2020

this is majestic

— Gaunerd (@gaunetes) March 16, 2020

I AM CRAWLING OUT OF MY SKIN

— Carlos Maza 🌹 (@gaywonk) March 16, 2020

The matches from Friday night’s broadcast, featured on WWE’s YouTube account, come off as amped-up dress rehearsals.

Cena, for his part, seemed pretty game about the whole ordeal.

I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be a part of some “historic” moments. There is a lot going on, but tonight our family will bring entertainment to yours. #Smackdown TONIGHT on @WWEonFox! @WWE

— John Cena (@JohnCena) March 13, 2020

WWE announced last Thursday that “Friday Night SmackDown” would be moved from Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit to the company’s training facility in Orlando, Florida — and be “broadcast live without fans” due to the coronavirus, according to Wrestling Inc.

The statement also said that “only essential personnel [were] in attendance.”

It is still unclear if WrestleMania 36 — the event Cena and Wyatt were promoting — will go on as scheduled in Tampa, Florida, on April 5.

Tampa officials and the WWE have agreed “not to pull the plug” yet, according to Wrestling Inc., but HuffPost has reached out to WWE to see if those plans have changed.

At least 378 people in Australia have tested positive while five people have died after contracting COVID-19, one in WA, three in NSW and one in Queensland.

The virus has killed more than 4,000 people worldwide and continues to spread at a rapid pace.

The show must go on, we guess.

World Wrestling Entertainment fans were treated to quite an awkward scene during “WWE Friday Night SmackDown,” when John Cena and Bray Wyatt did their absolute best to talk smack without an audience due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

In a clip of the truly weird moment — shared with non-wrestling fans on Twitter thanks to New York Times Styles reporter Taylor Lorenz — the two men engage in a verbal spat as a promo for WrestleMania 36, one of pro wrestling’s biggest nights.

Without an enthusiastic audience to feed off of, the confrontation comes off like a vaguely surreal Shakespearean play.

What makes the scene even more bizarre is the inclusion of Wyatt’s alter-ego “The Fiend” — a demonic masked figure who makes a brief cameo at the very end of the clip.

Wrestling fans and others, however, seemed to appreciate the performance ... while some weren’t feeling it.

The matches from Friday night’s broadcast, featured on WWE’s YouTube account, come off as amped-up dress rehearsals.

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Cena, for his part, seemed pretty game about the whole ordeal.

WWE announced last Thursday that “Friday Night SmackDown” would be moved from Little Caesar’s Arena in Detroit to the company’s training facility in Orlando, Florida — and be “broadcast live without fans” due to the coronavirus, according to Wrestling Inc.

The statement also said that “only essential personnel [were] in attendance.”

It is still unclear if WrestleMania 36 — the event Cena and Wyatt were promoting — will go on as scheduled in Tampa, Florida, on April 5.

Tampa officials and the WWE have agreed “not to pull the plug” yet, according to Wrestling Inc., but HuffPost has reached out to WWE to see if those plans have changed.

At least 378 people in Australia have tested positive while five people have died after contracting COVID-19, one in WA, three in NSW and one in Queensland.

The virus has killed more than 4,000 people worldwide and continues to spread at a rapid pace.

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/wwe-wrestlers-performing-without-an-audience-due-to-covid-19_au_5e6ff0a5c5b60fb69ddc6dc3

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