The first day of WWE using NXT wrestlers as “fans” during TV tapings is in the books.
Most fans were happy to see wrestlers serve as the audience during Monday’s episode of Raw instead of having no crowd noise while matches were taking place.
We noted earlier on the site how WWE had the wrestlers stand without chairs where the crowd would be behind plexiglass, which was set up all around the ringside area.
Pwinsider.com reported some additional details about this decision by WWE. On Monday, WWE taped last night’s Raw as well as upcoming episodes of Friday Night SmackDown, 205 Live and WWE Main Event. These tapings ran somewhere in the area of 9-10 hours total.
With the talent standing around the ring all day, it was a long day for all involved. However, WWE did take short breaks for everyone to sit in between matches with chairs being brought out and then taken out but the talent spent the majority of the day standing.
The report noted how the situation was described as an exhausting process for those wrestlers and trying to create energy all day. At the same time, some trainees were some trainees who were also happy to be there since they haven’t been able to do anything related to WWE over the last several weeks. In fact, some talent hasn’t been inside of the Performance Center for some time.
WWE will be taping next week’s Raw, Smackdown, 205 Live and Main Event on Tuesday. Then on Wednesday, WWE will tape several hours of NXT. This will get them all the way to the NXT TakeOver: In Your House special next month.
As noted, the idea is to have the wrestlers around the ring in order to bring more of the traditional live event experience to the shows. The talent had their temperature checked prior to getting into the building and then checked later on in the day.
Per the report, WWE has discussed having the plexiglass set up around the ring as something that will become normal during the pandemic. When WWE is able to run live events again, they could use the plexiglass as a way to keep an “invisible” barrier between the fans and wrestlers.