Whilst many are excited that restrictions on travel to the United States (and many other countries) is changing, it has extra significance for wrestling fans based in the UK and EU.
The travel restrictions are set to be lifted from November, meaning fans will then be able to fly out for upcoming shows.
Entry to the US will be allowed for those who can provide evidence that they have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, as well as a negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of the flight.
This easing of restrictions brings to an end almost two years of measures preventing travel to the United States.
Whilst British Prime Minister commented that this is a “fantastic boost” and that it has come about sooner than he expected, it does allow fans to travel in time for two big events in the 2021 wrestling calendar.
WWE Survivor Series is currently scheduled to take place on 21st November. It was rumoured earlier this year that the event will take place at The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and could also feature an appearance by The Rock in some capacity.
It would be a logical milestone date for ‘The Great One’ to be in attendance, having made his in-ring debut at the 1996 Survivor Series in Madison Square Garden 25 years prior.
Survivor Series has become an institution within the company, starting in 1987 and now being the second longest running pay-per-view in the WWE calendar.
Earlier in November there will also be the opportunity for fans from abroad to attend AEW Full Gear. The show is now set to take place on 13th November, having been moved from its originally scheduled date of 6th November due to a clash with UFC 268.
Last year’s Full Gear was the second in the company’s history, and was headlined by Jon Moxley defending the AEW World Championship in an I Quit match against Eddie Kingston.
Whilst there is the potential for a return of restrictions, this easing will also give some confidence for fans eyeing a trip to the AT&T Stadium in Dallas, Texas for WrestleMania in 2022.