That’s a big upgrade. The wrestling world is still getting over the Coronavirus pandemic and that is a difficult situation to solve. There are only so many ways to present a wrestling show without fans and that has been the case for the over a year now. WWE has not had a major amount of fans since March and while it is a long time away from things being back to normal, one nice change has been made.

Having fans in the arena is something that is going to change everything about a wrestling show. Not only does it change the atmosphere for the fans at home, but it changes the way the wrestlers feel during the show. At some point there is only so much that can be done without having fans in the building. WWE needs to change something up, and they are doing it on a slightly smaller scale.

According to Fightful Select, WWE has changed the structure of the Capitol Wrestling Center for this week’s NXT Takeover: Stand & Deliver shows, allowing several more fans to be in attendance. There are no longer seating pods and floor dividers in the arena, along with additional seats near the entrance ramp. There is no word on if this setup will remain after this week’s events or if the setup will be changed back to the original setup.

This comes during the same week when WWE will bring back fans for WrestleMania 37, including 25,000 fans per night on Saturday and Sunday. It also comes after WWE President Nick Khan mentioned that the company would only be running three live evens per week when fans are allowed back full time, including Monday Night Raw, SmackDown and NXT.

NXT fans mean a lot. Check out what they can add to a show:

Triple H rejoices with NXT crowd following live premiere: NXT Exclusive, Sept. 18, 2019

Fans salute Nakamura after WWE Network cameras stop rolling: NXT Takeover Exclusive, April 1, 2017

Triple H welcomes the crowd to the first NXT live event: Columbus, Ohio, March 5, 2015

Opinion: This is great to hear as NXT needs fans in place more than anyone else. The Capitol Wrestling Center is not the biggest venue in the world and it would be great to see the place a lot closer to full than it has been before. There have been some fans there for a few months now, but you can only get so much out of having dozens of fans instead of hundreds.

NXT has an identity of its own and so much of that comes from the crowd’s energy. If you can have those beefed up, even by a little bit, things can get a lot closer to normal than you have seen for the last several months. It is great to see the situations starting to go back to normal and hopefully we can get some more of the old feelings back, because NXT was a special kind of show.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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