WWE was deemed an “essential business” in Florida, Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings said Monday, allowing the company to resume live television shows from its Orlando training facility and Full Sail University in Winter Park.
The decision, outlined in an April 9 memo from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office, could open the door for other sports to resume in the state.
According to Demings, WWE initially was not designated as essential and therefore was not exempt from the state’s shelter-in-place order, which took effect April 3 and runs through at least April 30. That decision was reversed after “some conversation” with DeSantis’ office, Demings said Monday during a news conference.
The wife of WWE’s owner, Linda McMahon, was a member of Trump’s cabinet as the head of the Small Business Administration and left that post last year to launch a pro-Trump super PAC.
#WWE now considered an “essential business” in Florida. Gives the appearance of conflict of interest since @Linda_McMahon wife of the @WWE CEO runs a @realDonaldTrump SuperPac! Will resume tapings despite employee testing positive for #coronavirus https://t.co/8zRvZFzDPr #WWERaw
— AprilDRyan (@AprilDRyan) April 14, 2020
The Trump reelection PAC that LInda McMahon runs has committed to spending $18.5 million in Florida this year. https://t.co/SDTBSeQ2GF
— David Bixenspan (@davidbix) April 13, 2020
Seems sensible . . . how could Floridians survive without a daily dose of flying drop-kicks? Gives the phrase, “your money or your life” whole new meaning . . .
WWE deemed 'essential business' in Florida, resumes live shows https://t.co/cv44kCh8q7
— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 14, 2020