A WWE event that was scheduled to take place in Manchester in two weeks has just been canceled, but the company’s superstars will still be traveling there that day in order to visit victims of the recent suicide bombing.
In an announcement on its Facebook page today, WWE United Kingdom said that the upcoming NXT event that was scheduled for Tuesday, June 6th at the Manchester Arena has been canceled. It was to take place at the same arena where the bombing occurred.
“Out of respect for all those affected by the Manchester tragedy, WWE is cancelling the NXT event on Tuesday, June 6 at the Manchester Arena, and giving fans who purchased tickets to the show a full refund and offering them the option to receive a free ticket at point of purchase to the NXT show on Wednesday, June 7 at First Direct Arena in Leeds,” the WWE said on its Facebook page.
However, WWE superstars will still be traveling to Manchester on Tuesday, June 6th in order to visit victims of the bombing.
“Our Superstars will be in Manchester on June 6 visiting with those affected by the tragedy and WWE is making a donation to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund,” the WWE said.
The company will return to Manchester for live events later this year; a Monday Night Raw show is scheduled for November 6th, and a SmackDown Live show is scheduled for November 7th.
On May 22nd, a suicide bomber attacked an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena, killing 22 people and injuring 116. As of May 26th, 66 people remain in the hospital, some of whom are in critical condition, according to BBC News.
WWE superstars often visit children’s hospitals as they tour the country, and the company has an entire section of its website dedicated to these hospital visits.