The Boneyard match between AJ Styles and The Undertaker seems to be a hit with wrestling fans because most of the reaction seems to be positive. Going forward, it looks like WWE may have to come up with more out-of-the-box ideas since it looks like the restrictions on large gatherings could last for several months.
During an interview with TV Guide, Triple H indicated that what we are seeing now could become the “new normal.”
He said, “People keep saying “once everything gets back to normal” — I don’t think that’s going to happen. I think the world has changed. I think that it will get back to some normalcy, but the new normal will be what is normal. It’s not going to be what it was before. How people do business, how people interact with each other… I think all of that will change. And for us, in some ways, the opportunity of doing these shows without fans and doing WrestleMania [with] these off-site shoots will open our eyes to different ways of doing things that we maybe didn’t see before and will change the product probably for the better in the long run.”
The cinematic approach at off-site locations may be necessary for pay-per-view events going forward and with SummerSlam in Boston looking less likely to happen, perhaps we’ll see this concept much sooner than we think.
Another positive thing about the cinematic off-shoot matches is that it allows WWE to bring in names that would normally be off-limits because they are not cleared to take bumps.
Mick Foley has already said that he would love to be in a Boneyard Match next year and Sting has said that he would love to have one final match at WrestleMania so he could go out on his own terms.
Check out what Mick said below after he watched last night’s Boneyard Match.
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) April 5, 2020