WWE has decided to change its stance on having wrestlers in the crowd during TV tapings.
Ever since the outbreak of the coronavirus in the US that forced WWE to move its TV events to the Performance Center in Orlando, the company decided to keep it a closed set with no fans or wrestlers in the audience. On the flip side, AEW has had a few wrestlers at ringside to make noise by cheering or booing talent to make it feel more authentic like a normal broadcast.
WWE sent out an internal memo noted that many of the “audience members” will be intentionally kept off-camera. It was mentioned that they’ll be there to help create an environment to better fit the WWE brand.
It was noted that talent who will be used as audience members were screened by medical offsite this morning. They were then sent to the Performance Center in a bus for the TV tapings.
The talent was prohibited from driving to the WWE PC themselves. They will instead be taken back to their vehicles.
Also, per the report, the likes of Dominik Dijakovic, Chelsea Green, Shotzi Blackheart, Jessamyn Duke and other NXT TV talent are around. As of this writing, there’s no word yet on who will be actually used as audience members.
Dio Maddin had also alluded to this change happening during a Twitch stream over the weekend.