WWE Changes Filming Schedule for 'RAW,' 'SmackDown' and 'NXT' to Have More Pre-Taped Shows

The WWE has changed its taping schedule again amid the coronavirus pandemic to have fewer live shows every week.

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that the wrestling promotion has altered its plans for its three televised shows: Monday Night RAW, Friday Night SmackDown and NXT.

This new revised schedule will see the promotion continue to provide live programming until next week's SmackDown. From there, WWE will tape two episodes of all three shows on separate days of the week.

Here's the schedule for upcoming WWE programming through July, which WWE confirmed with Pro Wrestling Sheet.

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Inside the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. WWE
  • SmackDown will air this evening live as scheduled on FOX
  • Raw will air on Monday live as scheduled on USA Network
  • NXT will air on Wednesday live as scheduled
  • Next Friday, SmackDown will air live as scheduled
  • Saturday, April 25; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (airing May 1 and May 8)
  • Monday, April 27; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air the following week on May 4)
  • Wednesday, April 29; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 6)
  • Monday, May 11; one episode of Raw will be taped for that night and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 15
  • Tuesday, May 12; one episode of Raw will be taped for May 18 and one episode of SmackDown will be taped for May 22
  • Wednesday, May 13; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on May 20)
  • Monday, May 25; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night, the other will air on June 1)
  • Tuesday, May 26; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one will air on May 29, the other will air on June 5)
  • Wednesday, May 27; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on June 3)
  • Monday, June 8; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 12
  • Tuesday, June 9; one episode of NXT will be taped for June 10
  • Monday, June 15; one episode of Raw taped for that evening and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 19
  • Tuesday, June 16; one episode of Raw taped for June 22 and another episode of SmackDown taped for June 26
  • Wednesday, June 17; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is that night, the other will air on June 24)
  • Monday, June 29; two episodes of Raw will be taped (one for that night and the other will air on July 6)
  • Tuesday, June 30; two episodes of SmackDown will be taped (one for July 3 and one for July 10)
  • Wednesday, July 1; two episodes of NXT will be taped (one is for that night, the other will air on July 8)

The news comes after the WWE and other sports/media entities were deemed an "essential business" by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on April 9. The WWE was filming episodes in bulk prior to WrestleMania 36, but changed course when they became an essential business.

"We believe it is now more important than ever to provide people with a diversion from these hard times," the WWE said in a statement provided on Monday to Newsweek. "We are producing content on a closed set with only essential personnel in attendance following appropriate guidelines while taking additional precautions to ensure the health and wellness of our performers and staff. 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."