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• On This Day In Pro Wrestling History (April 11, 1993) – WWF UK Rampage 1993

On this day in Pro Wrestling history on April 11, 1993, the World Wrestling Federation aired ‘UK Rampage 1993’ LIVE on Sky Sports from the Sheffield Arena in Sheffield, England.

This was the 4th and final “UK Rampage” event the WWF aired on british television between 1989 and 1993.

Here are the PPV results:

Fatu defeated Brian Knobbs

Doink The Clown defeated Kamala

Mr. Perfect defeated Samu

Bob Backlund defeated Damien Demento

Typhoon defeated The Brooklyn Brawler

WWF Intercontinental Championship: Crush defeated Shawn Michaels (c) by countout

Lex Luger defeated Jim Duggan by DQ

• Reason Behind WWE Going Back To Doing Live Shows Starting Next Week

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WWE was taping all their shows. They even taped their biggest show of the year – WrestleMania 36.

However, starting next week, WWE is going back to doing RAW, NXT, & SmackDown live every week, without any audience at the Performance Center.

According to the Wrestling Observer, many wrestlers within WWE were shocked because of Vince McMahon making this decision, but WWE officials backed the decision by saying it’s necessary due to the current economic condition.

WWE’s contracts with NBC Universal and FOX allow them to tape a certain amount of shows per year. For RAW, that number is 3 per year.

WWE officials are worried that TV networks are bringing in less revenue due to the advertising business being down during the current pandemic, and may need to make cuts, so they are worried.

There is fear that violating the contract (doing more taped shows than the stated limit) could give networks the legal right to figure out a way to restructure the TV deals or to hold back on payments.

With WWE not doing any house shows and fans not buying tickets, the main source of revenue at this point is from TV and the WWE Network.

For those wondering how WWE can go on with shows at their Performance Center in Orlando, Florida despite there being a stay at home order in Florida, WWE wrestlers and backstage workers were given ‘essential media’ passes (which allow newspapers, television, radio and other media to go ahead with their work) in case they were stopped by Police.

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