The order signed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis that cleared the way for WWE to resume live broadcasts from the WWE Performance Center is now being associated to political interference.
DeSantis signed the order on Thursday of last week and WWE returned to tape at the PC on Friday with Smackdown. WWE then announced their decision to resume live shows from Monday, starting with Monday Night Raw.
Upon further investigation, Spectrum News 13 revealed yesterday that DeSantis granted the order after a Super PAC which is working to re-elect President Trump announced that they were spending nearly $20 million in advertising in Tampa and Orlando this year. The Super PAC is headed up by Linda McMahon, the former SBA Administrator under the Trump Cabinet. DeSantis, a Republican, is in Trump’s good graces.
Meanwhile, it was also reported that the Orange County Sheriff’s Department was sent to the WWE Performance Center in March and April to notify WWE that they were not following the rules of the lockdown. That did not change anything as WWE continued ahead with their tapings, including WrestleMania.
Ironically enough, the order signed by DeSantis thanks to WWE will now also allow All Elite Wrestling to run events in the state as the order was not specific to the company.