WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon has spoken about the WWE ThunderDome and revealed when WWE had hoped to have fans back.
The ThunderDome has been in play since August due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Stephanie McMahon spoke with Forbes, opening up about the unique arena.
“We had hoped to be back in the arenas during the fall but that wasn’t to be. So, we decided to double down and invest in the ThunderDome. Today, we have 1,000 virtual fans every show and nearly 100,000 fans who have signed up for this experience.
“These fans are live, they give us real-time reactions, and we see their faces. We also mix in additional audio, which we found very helpful. We bring that audio into the arena [besides piping in the noise for TV] because the performers need to hear the audience too, and feed off that crowd.”
While some have criticised certain aspects of the ThunderDome presentation, the general consensus is that it’s better than the initial Performance Center setup, and safer than having the NXT trainees standing around.
The ThunderDome will actually be moving location very soon. The last show at the Amway Center is set to be the December 7 Raw, after which it’ll be moving to Tropicana Field.
Quote via Wrestling Inc