That’s how they like it. WWE has had to make a lot of changes this year due to the Coronavirus and the biggest of them all has been the problem of having to stay in one arena for months at a time. That has been the case with the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, which has served as the home for Monday Night Raw and SmackDown since back in August. This comes with a few perks, one of which you might not have expected.
The Amway Center has been turned into the Thunder Dome, making it one of the most unique setups that WWE has ever had. Instead of having physical fans in attendance, WWE has been relying on virtual fans on screens inside the building. That makes things sound quite a bit different as there are no people there to offer any kind of feedback, but WWE has a solution which may not prove so popular to anyone but themselves.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE prefers having their crowd reactions piped in rather than having live audio, as it allows the company to control all of the reactions that are heard on television. As a result, WWE can pick and choose the wrestlers they want to present as being over and also those they want to present as not being over. WWE has used piped in noise mixed with real noise for several years.
I guess it has worked? Check out some of the recent television episodes:
Opinion: I understand WWE’s mentality on something like this, but that doesn’t mean it makes sense for those watching at home. Where are we supposed to believe the noise is coming from if there are no people there? It isn’t the biggest problem in the world, but it is certainly something that is going to be much more beneficial to WWE than anyone else, as usual.
What do you think of the piped in noise? Does it distract you? Let us know in the comments below.
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