WWE has announced a date for fans to return in person. Live events will resume for the company in July, with the July 16th episode of SmackDown being the first show with fans in attendance. WWE have announced the following shows and dates on their website:
WWE will return to Live Event touring with a 25-city schedule through Labor Day. The tour will debut this July in Texas with a trio of shows:
- Friday, July 16: SmackDown – Toyota Center in Houston
- Sunday, July 18: Money In The Bank – Dickies Arena in Fort Worth
- Monday, July 19: Raw – American Airlines Center in Dallas
Tickets for these shows will become available on May 26th. The following dates and tickets will be announced in the near future.
This will be the first network TV WWE show with fans since the March 9th episode of Monday Night RAW in 2020. No fans have been present at shows since then due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The March 13th 2020 episode of SmackDown featured a closed set show at WWE’s Performance Center. WWE ran shows like this at first, but then evolved to having NXT talent in the crowd and finally the WWE ThunderDome. Since August 2020, fans have appeared virtually on screens to experience WWE shows, and crowd noise has been projected over speakers.
The announcement means that WWE will not be the first major wrestling company to resume touring. All Elite Wrestling will be going back on the road starting July 7th, with their first show taking place in Miami, Florida.
For some superstars, this will be their first time ever performing for WWE fans. One such superstar is Dominik Mysterio, who was in action recently on SmackDown. A clip of the match can be found below:
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