After months of taping shows at the Performance Center, WWE is now moving to the ThunderDome at the Amway Center for future RAW, SmackDown, and PPV tapings. NXT, however, stays at Full Sail University.
WrestlingNews reports that Vince McMahon “fees like the worst is over” in regards to the back-to-back nightmarish viewership ratings due to the on-going coronavirus pandemic. The Chairman of Board has been in high spirits since the Amway Center was announced as WWE’s new home for all television tapings.
A confident Mr. McMahon believes that the WWE Universe will “see how cool the shows look” and that will hopefully make them return to live tapings.
The report further suggests that McMahon was in a much better mood during the latest creative meeting. The 74-year-old billionaire was “more upbeat” and believes that better days are ahead for WWE.
According to Fightful Select, talents are quite optimistic about the Amway Center move. The Superstars are in hopes that WWE will return to shorter filming days at the ThunderDome and they’ll no longer have to grind all day long for the tapings.
WWE has been taping multiple episodes in a day all throughout the pandemic and the Amway Center move not only allows the company to return to live television, but talents also get to return to their normal working schedule.
The locker room was informed about the move last week and the reaction has been positive so far.
Airing pre-taped episodes has enabled WWE to get more creative with the product, but live tapings won’t allow the company to enjoy that privilege. Moreover, making weekly (live) tapings makes WWE susceptible to errors and uncertainties during the pandemic.
WWE will continue to conduct COVID-19 testing prior to the tapings at the Amway Center and it’s safe to assume that the crew/talents are going to be tested much more often at the new venue.