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WWE Makes More Changes to TV Taping Schedule; Will Tape Shows Every Two Weeks

— Ryan Satin of prowrestlingsheet.com reports that once again, WWE is making major changes to the way they will be presenting their flagship TV shows – Raw, Smackdown and NXT. As you may remember, initially WWE began taping the shows before Vince McMahon abruptly decided to go back to live shows. The latest report indicates that in the best interest of the health and safety of WWE’s performers, the company will go back to taping shows beginning April 25 – with the schedule usually consisting of two shows taped per night, Monday through Wednesday, every other week. Here’s what the tentative schedule is supposed to look like:

SmackDown will air this evening live as scheduled on FOX
Raw will air on Monday live as scheduled on USA Network
NXT will air on Wednesday live as scheduled
Next Friday, SmackDown will air live as scheduled
Saturday, April 25; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (airing May 1 and May 8)
Monday, April 27; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air the following week on May 4)
Wednesday, April 29; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 6)
Monday, May 11; one episode of Raw will be taped for that night and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 15
Tuesday, May 12; one episode of Raw will be taped for May 18 and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 22
Wednesday, May 13; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 20)
Monday, May 25; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night, the other will air on June 1)
Tuesday, May 26; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one will air on May 29, the other will air on June 5)
Wednesday, May 27; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on June 3)
Monday, June 8; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 12
Tuesday, June 9; one episode of NXT will be taped for June 10
Monday, June 15; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 19
Tuesday, June 16; one episode of Raw taped for June 22 and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 26
Wednesday, June 17; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is that night, the other will air on June 24)
Monday, June 29; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air on July 6)
Tuesday, June 30; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one for July 3 and one for July 10)
Wednesday, July 1; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on July 8)

— The report adds that this change is happening because WWE is trying to minimize the amount of travel that its talent will have to do with the COVID-19 pandemic showing little signs of easing up. While at the Performance Center for the tapings, the regular precautions such as hand washing, sanitizing of materials and social distancing will be closely followed and enforced.

— A WWE representative had the following statement to make:

“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. As a brand that has been woven into the fabric of society, WWE and its Superstars bring families together and deliver a sense of hope, determination and perseverance.”

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