As a blizzard approaches, wrestling fans were anxiously awaiting whether WWE Monday Night Raw would take place as planned tonight at the XL Center in Hartford tonight.
The decision has been made and the event will not go on tonight. Instead, fans can attend an event at the XL Center on Thursday.
Monday Night Raw was set to start at 8 p.m., an hour before the statewide travel ban goes into effect, and tickets for tonight’s show in Hartford will be honored for a SmackDown event on Thursday, January 29, which will air live on Syfy.
SmackDown is normally taped and aired on Thursday nights, but this week, the event will air live and likely include the same WWE Superstars and Divas who were to appear on Monday night.
Ahead of the decision, the XL Center’s Facebook page was filled with comments, urging that the event be canceled.
“The roads in CT are closed at 9:00 tonight, how are we supposed to get there and back? Your phone lines are busy, and when they do ring, it goes straight to an answering machine. We want answers and we want refunds, fans have spent hard earned money for these tickets, I know I'm not the only one furious about this,” one fan posted.
The approaching storm has the potential to bring about 15 to 30 inches to areas of the state by Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, and the governor held a news briefing this morning, urging residents to get off the roads and to a destination where they can wait out the storm.
During that briefing, Gov. Dannel Malloy was asked about the WWE event and he said residents need to make safety a priority.
“We’ll try to figure that out,” Malloy said. “Again, I think people need to get home tonight, as safely as possible and as important to the world economy as wrestling is, our public safety still tops it.”
Fans with tickets to Tuesday's event in Boston will have the option of either exchanging tickets for an upcoming WWE event on Saturday, June 27 or obtaining a refund where they purchased a ticket.