WWE wants to continue the ThunderDome experience for the rest of the year, but may need to find a new venue.
According to a tweet by WrestleVotes, WWE is planning on doing ThunderDome into February. However, the venue WWE uses, the Amway Center, may not stay the home for WWE TV. WWE’s residency at the Amway Center is set to end on Nov. 24 as confirmed by a tweet by Spectrum Sports 360’s Jon Alba. The NBA is looking to start their season on Dec. 22 as well as the ECHL’s (East Coast Hockey League) Solar Bears to start playing early December.
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WWE could possibly work around the schedule and have a show at the Performance Center if need be or pre-tape a show/event. However, the problem would be the screens in the crowd and leaving them there. I doubt WWE would want to share the arena and have to change their schedule or routine as often as that may require.
Many Options For A New Thunderdome Venue
The WWE Chief Financial Officer Kristina Salen stated during the quarterly earnings call that WWE wants to continue to do the ThunderDome set for the rest of the year and into the next. Salen doesn’t seem worried about finding a new venue for future shows and events. A lot of venues fit the requirements for the ThunderDome experience according to her.
It would not be very hard to find a new venue to meet the requirements because of the limited space needed. They wouldn’t need to find a venue big enough to house the fans because there aren’t any live fans. Parking for fans again not a problem because there isn’t a live crowd.
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All they would need is room for the employees and room for trucks with equipment. The only size requirement they’d need is room for the screens with the fans faces on them.
Worst case scenario, they fall back on Performance Center shows or even wrestling in the ring of the WWE Headquarters’ roof, where the 2020 Money In The Bank ladders were setup. That would be an interesting experience and set to have for a few weeks. The only problem is the distance as it is located in Stamford, Connecticut.
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A really cool thing WrestleVotes stated is that WWE is thinking about something special for Royal Rumble. WWE wants to have a live audience for the PPV. They are working hard to find a way to make it work even if it is just for the one event. I don’t know how they will make it work and keep the fans safe, but I would love to see it happen. Hopefully it will be closer to what the setup for fans used to be as opposed to the random wrestlers in the crowd that WWE and other wrestling promotions are using or used to use.
What do you think of the ThunderDome experience? Would you rather WWE go back to the bare bones Performance Center setup? Is there a different setup you’d like to see WWE try? We would love to hear your thoughts and ideas so drop them down in the comments.
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Sources; WrestleZone, WrestleVotes, Jon Alba