• Brian L. Barefield

Speculations On Why The WWE Is Considered "Essential" Has Emerged With Details of Super PAC Gift

Florida is no stranger when it comes to weird occurrences happening throughout the state. Take for example the man found lying naked in bed at a home in Naples, Florida. Seems normal at first until you take into account that the man had been walking through the woods naked before breaking into the home and decided to take a nap. This just happened in February.

There is a plethora of stories that are just as strange and once you attach, “Florida man or woman” to it. That’s why I was not surprised by the news that the state of Florida has opened its doors to the WWE to resume taping live shows such as SmackDown and Monday Night Raw. In a released statement to ESPN, WWE executives believe that their programming will provide a diversion for people that have been quarantined in their homes for over three weeks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“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,” one executive said to ESPN.

Even though Florida Governor Rob DeSantis announced a statewide stay-at-home order for all Floridians, he deemed the WWE an essential business and allowed it to stay open. Well we now have answers as to why such a horrible decision was made.

Ironically on that same day, the American First Action announced $18.5 million in advertising and marketing in Orlando and Tampa during the 2020 campaign season. Linda McMahon, who is the wife of WWE owner Vince McMahon, presently resides as the Chair of American First Action, which is considered a super PAC (political action committee). The AFA is one of the biggest donors supporting the reelection campaign of Donald Trump.

Governor DeSantis defended his stance on his decision on Tuesday.

"People are chomping at the bit,” said DeSantis. “If you think about it, we have never had a period like this in modern American history where you've had so little new content, particularly in the sporting realm. I mean, we are watching reruns from like the early 2000s.... People are starved for content. We haven't had a lot of new content since the beginning of March."

It is worth noting that a WWE employee tested positive for coronavirus earlier this month.

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