WWE Superstar Seth Rollins believes performing without live crowds in the ThunderDome has enabled the company to tell “cleaner” stories.
“[The ThunderDome] has allowed us to tell our stories a little cleaner in the sense that things aren’t up and down as they may normally be,” Rollins said In a recent interview with Ryan Satin of Fox Sports.
“Whether that’s good or bad, I’m not entirely sure. I miss the fans and live interaction, but I like being able to cut a promo and getting all the way through without having to side-eye the audience,” he added. “It’s nice to get a thought out without being interrupted by ‘CM Punk’ chants.”
With the introduction of the ThunderDome concept, WWE was able to virtually bring fans into the arena via live video on massive LED boards. The ThunderDome is an impressive technical achievement, and it was a vast improvement over the empty arena shows that came before it, but it could never truly replicate the atmosphere created by a genuine live crowd
Rollins will get the chance to impress an actual live crowd for the first time in over a year when he takes on Cesaro on Night 1 of WrestleMania.
WrestleMania 37 is streaming live on April 10 and April 11, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.