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WWE & Florida: The Timeline Of Events Behind This Developing Story

Over the past few days, WWE has been in the news quite a bit, between being declared an essential business in Florida, Linda McMahon’s political donations to the state, Vince McMahon being named a part of President Trump’s advisory council on restarting the economy and finally, the talent cuts and financial updates from the company. These events are being examined closely by many, with allegations of bribery and quid pro quo being brought up by some. We here at Sports Obsessive are committed to simply reporting the facts. It’s up to readers to determine what you make of these facts. Below is a recent timeline of events:

4/9: WWE declared an essential business in the state of Florida, although not listed on the documentation released to the public. Also on the same day, Linda McMahon’s Super PAC, America First Action, pledges to donate 18.5 million dollars to advertising efforts in Florida, supporting President Trump’s re-election.

4/10: Vince McMahon announces decision to resume live programming.

4/13 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis publicly declares that WWE is an essential business.

4/14: Vince McMahon announced as part of President Trump’s advisory group to help reopen the United States economy, along with several sports commissioners and other executives.

4/15: WWE releases 30 wrestlers,announcers, writers and Performance Center coaches, as well as 9 producers being released or furloughed. That same day, WWE announced that they had $500 million in cash reserves and that their stock price had increased. Also on this same day, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis denies any link between Linda McMahon’s Super PAC donation and his decision to make WWE an essential business, citing “Trump Derangement Syndrome” and “an effort to connect dots that simply don’t exist”.

This is a developing story that we will continue to monitor. There will be some who will see nothing wrong with WWE’s actions and some who do. Some people will be upset about the talent releases while WWE financials are in good shape and some people will say “that’s just business”. While we’re committed to sticking with the facts, be sure and let us know what you think in the comments.

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Written by Andrew Grevas

Andrew is the owner & CEO of 25YL Media, the parent company of Sports Obsessive, Lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan, obsessed with dynasty football leagues and former pro wrestling commentator who finally got his one more match from CM Punk.

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