Prestige Wrestling is the latest company to announce that it has canceled a show planned for Tampa during WrestleMania week.
The promotion announced on social media that the April 2 show in Tampa has been canceled while the March 22 show in Portland, Oregon has been postponed and will take place at a later date. This is due to the coronavirus outbreak that has forced several other companies and pro sports leagues to cancel or postpone events.
From Prestige Wrestling:
We are in a very unfortunate and scary situation. Right out of the gate we would like to say that our show in Tampa, Florida on April 2nd is unfortunately going to be cancelled. This is not only dream crushing for many within or company from the management team all the way down to the talent, but will also cause a major financial deficit for all of the team within Prestige Wrestling. Refunds will be issued as soon as we are able to make it happen.
Now, to address #PrestigeRoseland2 in Portland, Oregon. We will be POSTPONING this event and moving it to a later date. We are working hand in hand with the venue, the talent on the event and the sponsors to figure out a date that will be suitable to move this to and will update everyone immediately. As we have proven in the past when situations like this arise we will do everything in our power to go above and beyond and provide an even bigger event than originally planned.
Please bare with us as we work this situation out. Thank you so much for your understanding.
If there are any questions, comments or if you'd like to just discuss this situation we will be going live from the Prestige Wrestling Facebook page at 7:00 PM PST - Please join us there.
MCW in Maryland put out the following statement:
In light of ongoing developments related to the Coronavirus pandemic MCW Pro Wrestling is announcing today that the decision has been made to postpone the following MCW Pro Wrestling Events:
Saturday March 14th - Hollywood, MD - Postponed Until Friday May 29th
Sunday March 15th- Joppa, MD - Postponed Until Saturday May 30th
Saturday March 21st - Culpeper VA - Postponed until Fall 2020 date TBD
Friday April 17th- Essex, MD - Postponed until Fall 2020 date TBD
If you have already purchased tickets for any of these events they will be honored at the rescheduled events. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled events then refunds will be available at the point of purchase.
We are attempting to follow the mandates and advice of health experts as well as state and local authorities. The health and safety of our audience, staff, wrestlers and crew is our highest priority.
We thank all of the MCW Pro Wrestling fans for your continued support and we look forward to seeing you all out at the matches again in the month of May. We thank you all for your understanding.
Dan McDevitt & Dennis Wipprecht
Co-Owners MCW Pro Wrestling
And PWX in North Carolina also issued the following statement:
Based upon recent and ongoing developments related to Coronavirus and the COVID-19 pandemic with our only goal always to be an inclusive fan “xperience” it is with a heavy heart that Premiere Wrestling Xperience will be postponing the following events:
Saturday March 14th - PWX Pure 22 at Hebron Hall in Charlotte, NC
Saturday March 21st - PWX Wrestling Rise of a Champion XV at Gastonia National Guard Armory in Gastonia, NC
If you have purchased presale tickets for either of the above events they will be honored at the rescheduled events. If you are unable to attend the refunds will be available at the point of purchase. For Rise of a Champion XV reserved VIP tickets your seat will remain the same at the rescheduled event. We will continue to follow the mandates and advice of health experts as well as all state and local authorities. Pending dates will depend soley upon state and local authorities timeline for April or May of 2020.
Pure 22 will be rescheduled to April 11th or May 9th
Rise of a Champion will be rescheduled to April 18th or May 16th
The health and safety of our audience, staff, crew and wrestlers will always be our highest priority. I would like to personally thank all Premiere Wrestling Xperience fans for your continued passtionate support and pray for all of you and your famillies in this time of crisis. I look forward to greeting each and every one of you again in mid April or May.
Thank you all,
Add PWG to the list of promotions that have canceled events. The promotion announced that the Mar. 29 KOBE event has been postponed.
Pro Wrestling Guerrilla's March 29, 2020, event has been postponed. pic.twitter.com/SKtqv67Wz5— PWG (@OfficialPWG) March 12, 2020
Inside The Ropes announced that its upcoming show with Kevin Owens has been postponed to June 5.
Punk Pro Wrestling also announced its cancelation of their WrestleMania weekend event:
We will throw an anniversary party when we can. Stay safe. Make art. Be ready because this is gonna be a hell of a party when the time comes. pic.twitter.com/q55uYKs70M— PunkProWrestling (@PunkProWrestlin) March 14, 2020
Ohio Valley Wrestling announced that it has suspended weekly television shows until April 7.
LOUISVILLE, Ky— Adhering to local, state and national health warnings on efforts to fight the spread of COVID-19 Louisville based Ohio Valley Wrestling will temporarily suspend its weekly live television events until April 7th, 2020.
OVW welcomes hundreds of fans every Tuesday night to the famed Davis Arena, located at 4400 Shepherdsville Road in Louisville, KY. The event airs live each week at 8pm on WBNA-TV.
With nearly 1100 episodes and more than 25 years on the air OVW TV is the longest running episodic professional wrestling series airing on local broadcast television in the United States. The series has been the training ground for some of sports entertainment’s biggest stars. OVW alumni include John Cena, Brock Lesnar and more than 150 others who went on to perform on the national stage.
“We have never missed a week of television and we won’t start now,” OVW Owner Al Snow said. “Our library is a treasure trove of wrestling and we are already hard at work putting together special editions of OVW TV that will lead up to our fan appreciation night.”
Fan Appreciation was originally scheduled for March 31st to coincide with OVW’s first national television taping in partnership with cable channel YouToo America. YTA will air OVW TV Friday nights at 9PST/12EST. The national broadcast will still debut April 3rd however due to the suspension of live events OVW’s Fan Appreciation will move to Tuesday April 7th. Admission is still free for the Fan Appreciation event.
“We couldn’t have reached this national milestone without the faithful fans of OVW, and their well-being along with the health and safety of our athletes and staff remains a top priority.”
This week OVW also suspended instruction at its training facility out of an abundance of caution due to the physical nature of in ring training and the manner in which the novel coronavirus is spread. At this time no in ring talent or staff member on our roster has tested positive for the virus.
“The Coronavirus is impacting education, entertainment and sports organizations across the country and OVW works in all three of these fields.” Snow said.
In 2019 the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education accredited OVW as the nation’s first trade school for professional wrestling and sports entertainment broadcasting. The program combines in ring training with management, business, and TV production course-work.
AAW announced that the March 20 show in Chicago has been canceled.
EPIC HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CANCELLED— AAW Wrestling (@AAWPro) March 15, 2020
Logan Square Auditorium has been limited to 100 attendees per the mayor, causing us to cancel Friday's event. We do feel this is the right decision for the #AAWFamily.
All ticket sales will be transferred to the May 16th event at the LSA. pic.twitter.com/lXLItuXtaU
Alpha-1 Wrestling announced that its March 22 show in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada has been canceled.
Unfortunately This Is The Way has been cancelled.— Alpha-1 Wrestling (@A1Wrestling) March 16, 2020
We will honor all tickets @ future events.
If refunds are needed pls contact James @ 289-788-8298 via text pic.twitter.com/1GBUmLK98R
GCW announced on social media that their upcoming shows on March 19 and 21 have been postponed.
*PLEASE READ*— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) March 16, 2020
With sadness, we are *postponing* our 3/19 and 3/21 events in Cleveland & Detroit.
Our heart wants to move forward with these events, but our brain says otherwise.
Our obligation to keep our fans safe is paramount & as such, this is our ONLY option. pic.twitter.com/AvAJ18apc5
Our Detroit date will be rescheduled in line with our local partners at Horrorslam.— GameChangerWrestling (@GCWrestling_) March 16, 2020
They have been very helpful to us through this entire process and have worked to make sure GCW's debut in Detroit was a success.
Please show them some love during this time as well.
Beyond Wrestling announced they have canceled their Big Balls event on Apr. 5.
After talking with our partners at @indiewrestling ,we have decided to cancel #BigBalls scheduled for Sunday, April 5th at 81Bay Brewery Co. in Tampa, Florida.— Beyond Wrestling (@beyondwrestling) March 16, 2020
Please email [email protected] gmail.com for a refund. These will most likely be handled manually so please be patient.
WWN confirmed that WRESTLExpo has been canceled.
With a heavy heart, we must inform you that all WRESTLExpo events have been postponed indefinitely.
WWN is a small business. We have been hit hard by the current climate. We ask for your patience as we work out ticket refunds and other options. We will contract ticket holders over the next few weeks. In the meantime, you can contact us at [email protected] WWNLive.com for assistance.
We have tens of thousands of dollars in deposits and other expenses we are currently trying to recover. As we recover this, we will issue refunds. It is the best we can do. We understand your frustration and need for a refund. We will eventually make you whole and do right for you. We are humbly asking for some time.
We only survive because of your support. WWN has produced over 600 events since 2002. Your support has resulted in thousands of wrestlers having a platform to launch and enhance their career. Your support has put money directly into all these talenta' pockets. We were only able to do this because of you. Now we need your support in another way- patience.
Thank you while you wait until we are able to remedy this situation. We are all in the WWN Family together. We will make things right with you.
We will persevere. We will adapt. We will be stronger.
PROGRESS Wrestling has also canceled its WreslteMania week event, which was in conjunction with WWN Live.
Statement regarding PROGRESS Tampa. pic.twitter.com/sTgmfDl38o— PROGRESS Wrestling (@ThisIs_Progress) March 17, 2020
Bar Wrestling announced that all upcoming shows have been canceled until further notice.
All upcoming Bar Wrestling events are canceled until further notice. Please check your email in regards to any refund owed. Thank you for your understanding and continued support. pic.twitter.com/Nmz4Mdj5Xu— Bar Wrestling (@BarWrestling) March 20, 2020
As for WrestleMania itself, the city of Tampa will wait another week before making a decision on the show if WWE had not done so. WWE has commented on the matter and you can check it out here.