• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (April 29, 1999) – WWF SmackDown! (PILOT EPISODE)
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired the pilot (stand-alone) episode of their future weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
This episode was pre-taped at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, Connecticut and featured matches, interviews & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF No Mercy 1999 (UK)’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
– Val Venis vs. Jeff Jarrett
– “The Big Show” Paul Wight vs. Test
– Droz vs. D-Lo Brown
– Tag Team Title Match: The New Age Outlaws vs. Kane and X-Pac
– No DQ: Ken Shamrock vs. Bradshaw
– Mankind vs. The Big Boss Man
– HHH & The Undertaker vs. The Rock & Steve Austin
• Florida Governor Says Wrestling Events Could Start Having Fans By June/July
WWE has been holding events without fans for two months now.
WrestleMania 36 took place without an audience at the Performance Center earlier this month, and the Money In The Bank pay-per-view will also take place at the WWE Headquarters without fans next month.
The Florida Government (who already deemed WWE an essential business) took the first steps in reopening the state today.
Governor Ron DeSantis mentioned WrestleMania, and how the state welcomed it due to it bringing millions of dollars.
He ensured support for Wrestling and MMA events being held in the state, and said that there’s a possibility that events could start having fans by June/July.
DeSantis said that the arenas won’t be fully packed, but a number of fans could attend the events by following the social distancing measures.
You can check out DeSantis’ announcement below:
One can only hope that fans will be in attendance for WWE’s biggest event of the summer, SummerSlam 2020.