WWE will no longer have shows at the Performance Center. On Monday, the company announced that the upcoming episode of Friday Night SmackDown, SummerSlam and all other WWE shows will be aired live at WWE ThunderDome, which is taking residency at the Amway Center in Orlando. Fans will not be allowed to attend WWE ThunderDome. But virtual fans will be featured.
"As WWE takes residency at the world-class Amway Center, we have reimagined our live event experience for today’s environment," Brian Flinn, WWE Chief Marketing & Communications Officer said in a press release. "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."
Originally, SummerSlam was set to take place at the TD Garden in Boston. However, WWE made the announcement last month that SummerSlam has been moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic. WWE has been having shows at the Performance Center since March. With the move to the Amway Center, WWE is one-step closer to resuming live shows with fans. Here's a look at what social media had to say about the WWE ThunderDome concept.
I expect the #WWEThunderdome site to crash for too many login— מתיא מאָנטואָראָ (@JeriCool94) August 17, 2020
I am extremely interested to see the car crash that may be “virtual fan chants” that comes with this plan https://t.co/w5qoiYff2O— Pat DeFran (@SortaProjectPat) August 17, 2020
With WWE moving to the Amway Arena aka #WWEThunderdome , a full arena provides a fantastic opportunity to bring back the #RawUnderground strippers with ample social distancing room!https://t.co/DqZFpQ3PNb— Toru Yano Fan Account (@ToruYanoFanAcct) August 17, 2020
Last show in the PC tonight!
Feels like years ago Bayley Sasha Alexa & Nikki opened up the PC Era pic.twitter.com/5wBOYQds35— Laura (@RosePlanted_) August 17, 2020
I’m WAY more interested in watching SD Live this week than I was a day ago. Can’t lie. #WWEThunderdome— Mark (@_MarkD_) August 17, 2020
Who else is gonna sign up for #WWEThunderdome Tonight ?— Destin Holland (@Destin1995) August 17, 2020