WWE is returning to live, and to the Amway Center.
As reported on Fightful Select recently, the news came as a surprise to many WWE Superstars we contacted, but the reception was positive.
WWE made the move to return to live broadcasts of Raw and Smackdown this week at the Amway Center. The word we've heard from wrestlers thus far has been unanimously positive, as they're hoping this results in shorter filming days. Some weeks of late, filming has continued past 1 am, and wrestlers and staff have been there all day. There is some concern over the unpredictable nature of the pandemic, and how that could affect shows. Everyone that Fightful spoke to actually heard the news online, and hadn't even been given word of the move officially as of last week.
This is a far cry from the reception that Fightful heard back in April when WWE made the effort to go live again. This was well before WWE actually did testing, and were only conducting temperature checks, which had many of the roster worried. Those worried were rooted in reason, as we'd find out.
WWE has now produced Smackdown, Raw and a PPV all live from the Thunderdome at Amway Center in Orlando. As of now, the move has received praise from the roster, and helped WWE land Roman Reigns' return to the company.
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