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UPDATED: MSG Issues Statement On New York Event Ban, WWE Event Not Happening

March 12, 2020 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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UPDATED: The WWE event at Madison Square Garden will officially not be happening in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s ban of gatherings involving 500 or more people. The venue issued a statement (per New York Daily News’ Stefan Bondy) supporting Cuomo’s decision and promising to adhere to the ruling. MSG’s statement reads:

“We support Governor Cuomo’s decision and starting tomorrow night, our New York venues will only host events that adhere to the Governor’s very clear parameters. This is a fluid situation and we will be back with further details when available.”

ORIGINAL: As previously reported, WWE had a Madison Square Garden card scheduled for March 22 in New York City. However, it appears that event is likely in jeopardy due to the impact of the coronavirus. According to an announcement made earlier today by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, the state of New York is not permitting gatherings of 500 people or more. You can read the full announcement below.

Per Governor Cuomo, “We are taking new actions to reduce the density of people across the state. Starting Friday at 5pm, gatherings with 500 people or more will not be permitted in NYS. Additionally, for facilities with an occupancy of 500 or fewer, we are reducing the legal capacity by 50%.”

WWE and Madison Square Garden have not issued an official announcement yet on the upcoming Road to WrestleMania event. Here was the previously scheduled lineup:

WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match: Kabuki Warriors vs. Becky Lynch & Charlotte Flair
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Rhea Ripley vs. Bianca Belair
Elimination Tag Team Match: Seth Rollins, Murphy, and The AOP vs. Kevin Owens, Viking Raiders, and Aleister Black
* Drew McIntyre vs. Randy Orton
* The Street Profits & Ricochet vs. AJ Styles, Luke Gallows, and Karl Anderson

Also appearing: DX (Shawn Michaels, Triple H, Road Dogg, and X-Pac), Andrade, Zelina Vega, Shayna Baszler, Natalya and Bobby Lashley.