AEW Are Inviting Fans Back To Live Events While WWE Goes Virtual During COVID-19

You can’t blame some sports for trying to still include fans at their live events. Despite the MLB trying to originally institute this weird idea:

The cardboard fans in the seats with piped in audience sounds. That was just weird. The only thing weirder than this was when other sports went no audience whatsoever so you would just see dimmed lit bleacher and or seats. So then Basketball started using digital board that surrounded the court that was a sea of floating heads on monitors:

Now since the WWE has been audience starved since the COVID-19 epidemic they too are jumping in on the awkward digital crowds to substitute fans. Not sure how this will work if wrestlers fight into the stands. Do they throw their opponents into the monitors? Check out what WWE is calling, “ThunderDome:”

This is what WWE had to say about the “innovative” ThunderDome –

WWE ThunderDome, featuring a state-of-the-art set, video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting-edge graphics and drone cameras, will take WWE fans’ viewing experience to an unprecedented level starting this Friday, Aug. 21 on FOX, kicking off SummerSlam Weekend.

“WWE has a long history of producing the greatest live spectacles in sports and entertainment, yet nothing compares to what we are creating with WWE ThunderDome,” said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Vice President, Television Production. “This structure will enable us to deliver an immersive atmosphere and generate more excitement amongst the millions of fans watching our programming around the world.”

With the debut of WWE ThunderDome, WWE will take residency at Amway Center in Orlando and virtually bring fans into the arena via live video on massive LED boards, in conjunction with The Famous Group and its proprietary technology, for every Monday Night Raw, Friday Night SmackDown and WWE pay-per-view event. Starting tonight, fans can register for their virtual seat to be part of upcoming shows via or at WWE’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.

“As WWE takes residency at the world-class Amway Center, we have reimagined our live event experience for today’s environment,” said Brian Flinn, WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer. “In partnership with The Famous Group, we will virtually bring our fans back into the show and recreate the interactive in-arena atmosphere that has been a staple of WWE events for decades.”

Well, the WWE never stole an idea they didn’t like. We will see how this ThunderDome works when it debuts on Smackdown August 21st.

Now as for the distinguished competition, AEW, they are kind of throwing caution to the wind and inviting fans to Jacksonville, Florida to come in person to a upcoming live event:

Is it too soon for AEW to be trying to get fans to come back to live shows? I guess only time will tell. With the NFL right around the corner, this could be a good test to see if people are willing to come out for live events with COVID-19 still being an issue.

Let us know what you think. Is it too soon to go to live events again? Let us know in the comments!

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