Hey Florida, your Florida is showing…
We’re stuck in global pandemic right now. People are sick, millions of people across the country are losing their jobs, and only essential workers are leaving the comfort and safety of their home to continue serving the public with its basic necessities, the ones that are essential for survival.
And according to the state of Florida, World Wrestling Entertainment is one of those essential services.
A recent memo from the Florida Division of Emergency Management stated that social workers and substance abuse counselors were able to see patients within social distancing guidelines, that zookeepers could work in order to maintain the health and safety of themselves and their animals, and this one:
“Employees at a professional sports and media production with a national audience — including athletes, entertainers, production team, executive team, media team and any others necessary to facilitate including services supporting such production — only if the location is closed to the general public.”
The WWE responded saying:
“We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times. We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff.”
Yep, professional wresting is officially an essential service according to the state of Florida…
However yesterday, the WWE announced its decision to lay off quite a few members of their roster and some of the staff. Longtime WWE veteran Kurt Angle was one of those layoffs.
The WWE will continue to air live performances from its Orlando training facility.
Strange times people, strange times… and shocker, Florida is leading the charge.