Due to COVID-19, every sporting and entertainment act has had to make some major changes in the way they present to the masses now that fans aren’t able to attend live events. WWE has been airing weekly shows and pay-per-views from the Performance Center, however they are now taking the next step to further incorporate an interactive audience.
WWE sent out a press release this morning annoucing that WWE will be taking residency at the Amway Center in Orlando and that they are bringing the thunder! By that, WWE means that they are now introducing the WWE Thunderdome. Sounds exciting, right? But what exactly is it?
Here is what we’re being told. WWE says the Thunderdome is a state-of-the-art set, that includes video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, cutting-edge graphics and drone cameras, that will take the WWE Universe viewing experience to an unprecedented level. It will bring fans into the arena via live video on massive LED boards, this is a collaboration with The Famous Group and it’s proprietary technology.
WWE will be using the Thunderdome for every Monday Night Raw, Friday Night Smackdown and upcoming WWE pay-per-view events. They have also noted that while WWE takes up residency at the Amway Center they will continue to administer its health and safety protocols for talent, crew and employees in conjunction with each production, including PCR testing for COVID-19, social distancing and wearing masks. With programming produced on closed sets with only essential personnel in attendance.
This is an exciting move, that can add life to the existing programming and provide the energy that WWE has been known for since it’s beginning.
According to Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Vice President, Television Production, nothing will compare to what WWE has created with the Thunderdome.
“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.”Kevin Dunn
And it looks like fans won’t have to wait much longer to see the execution of the Thunderdome, because WWE has announced that it will start this Friday, August 21st on FOX, kicking off SummerSlam weekend.
Starting tonight, fans can register for their virtual seat to be part of upcoming shows via www.WWEThunderDome.com or at WWE’s Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.
WWE Event Schedule for August:
- Friday, August 21 – Friday Night SmackDown®, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on FOX
- Saturday, August 22 – NXT TakeOver® XXX, Full Sail Live, 7 pm ET on WWE Network
- Sunday, August 23 – SummerSlam, Amway Center, 7 pm ET on WWE Network
- Monday, August 24 – Monday Night Raw®, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on USA Network
- Wednesday, August 26 – NXT®, Full Sail Live, 8 pm ET on USA Network
- Friday, August 28 – Friday Night SmackDown, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on FOX
- Sunday, August 30 – Payback®, Amway Center, 7 pm ET on WWE Network
- Monday, August 31 – Monday Night Raw, Amway Center, 8 pm ET on USA Network