Hurricane Harvey was disastrous for Houston, Texas and Hurricane Irma looks like it could be one of the worst storms in over a decade. Scheduled to hit Florida on Sunday, thousands of Florida residents have evacuated in the hopes that they don't get caught in the wake of a disaster that could leave billions of dollars in damages.
The eye of Hurricane Irma was due to strike part of the Florida Keys early Sunday morning then head up the southwestern coast toward Tampa Bay by Sunday afternoon. While it is unclear whether or not a facility like WWE's Performance Centre or Full Sail University will be directly impacted by the storm, the official WWE website is reporting "With Hurricane Irma fast approaching and Florida under a state of emergency, four upcoming NXT Live Events have been postponed."
WWE.com went on to add, "NXT Live Events on Friday, Sept. 8, in Daytona Beach; Saturday, Sept. 9, in Crystal River; Thursday, Sept. 14, in Lakeland; and Friday, Sept. 15, in Dade City, have been postponed. The Sept. 15 Live Event in Dade City has been rescheduled for Thursday, Oct. 5, and tickets that have been previously purchased for the show will be honored that night."
A development like this makes you realize just how quickly things can be taken for granted. The WWE Universe watches NXT talents progress, but they don't see the behind-the-scenes training and live events that go into teaching them the art of becoming the next WWE household name. Fans got a taste of what could happen to the talents we enjoy week-in and week-out when Booker T was absent from the broadcast booth for an episode of Raw. He stayed back in Houston to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Now, with Hurricane Irma set to do some serious damage to areas of Florida, NXT and the talents who live and work in the area could be greatly affected.
Prayers and best wishes are going out to everyone in the path of this huge storm. Onlookers can only hope the damage is minimal and from the perspective of a fan of the WWE, wish the best for all those in NXT and fans in that area.
If there's good news to be taken from this, it appears as though the TV taping scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, is still a go. If this is the case, it must mean that things are not an immediate concern and we can only guess at this stage it's a matter of being better safe than sorry.