The WWE continues to use it's "ThunderDome" concept, which is a state-of-the-art set located in Orlando, Florida with video boards that are set up throughout the arena that show actual fans watching the show live from their homes like a virtual video conference system. The ThunderDome resembles the NBA's virtual fan experience but instead of a flat board facing cameras, they have rows and rows of fans with enhanced chants and cheering. It’s now used on all of the WWE's Brands.
Now, here is the question: "Will pro wrestling ever start touring again?" Also, will virtual fans replace actual fans in seats? Is this the way we will interact with pro wrestlers? Is buying a ticket, taking a seat and having a hot dog and soda in an arena truly over? I personally hope not because nothing can replace the actual experience of watching a professional wrestling show live. I believe this is still a byproduct of the pandemic and once the pandemic is under control or completely over, we will return back to having live shows. Many fans have been weighing in on this new concept and so far, their opinion has been favorable with only the true wrestling purists not liking the ThunderDome concept. But only time will tell if wrestling fans will remain loyal and stay watching the wrestling product under this Pandemic World we are living in or will wrestling itself start to lose its shares of viewership.
The question of the week comes from Carlos R. in Bayswater and he said, "I am a big Lucha Libre fan and I watch many Lucha Matches from Mexico and I wonder why Lucha Libre is not shown more often in the United States." That's an excellent question Carlos, and here is the problem on why we don't see much of Lucha Libre here in the states. The American wrestling fan is used to the American form of wrestling which is traditional rules and format. Lucha Libre in general doesn't tell a story. That's not to say that there are no good guys or bad guys in matches but the way the matches flow with the no tagging in and out and the blatant rule-breaking in front of the referee throws most American fans off. There used to be a company called Lucha Underground that aired on the El Rey Network that brought Lucha Libre to the American fans but unfortunately, they are no longer in operation. I am a Lucha Libre fan and I still watch it on various Network channels from Mexico.