WWE Hall of Famer Jerry Lawler recently did an interview with USA Today’s Commercial Appeal.
During the interview, he talked about the issues that WWE faces with the impact of the coronavirus.
The plan right now is for the company to hold television events – Raw, NXT, and SmackDown – from Orlando, Florida at the WWE Performance Center. Most arenas are shut down and some states are prohibiting large gatherings.
As a result, WWE is running shows without a live crowd. It’s something that Lawler understands.
“That’s our obstacle [now],” Lawler said. “How do you entertain when you don’t have a live audience? That’s how you judge whether you’re being entertaining or not — the crowd response. When nobody’s there, you can’t tell.”
The idea of WWE piping in crowd noise has been talked about among fans. It’s also something that Lawler supports.
Lawler brought up attending football training camps where players go through their drills with loud music and crowd noises piped in.
“I don’t think it would hurt anything at all if they piped in some crowd noise behind the matches. And even explain it to the fans. It’ll make the matches more entertaining and it’ll make it easier for the performers themselves.”
Lawler also talked about his empty arena match in 1981 against Terry Funk at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, undergoing medical screening when working Monday Night Raw at the PC and more. You can read the entire interview here.