AEW Announces Big News as WWE Kicks off ThunderDome

Published 08/22/2020, 12:16 PM EDT


WWE has kicked off the ThunderDome Era with Friday Night SmackDown. The ThunderDome emanated live from Amway Centre.

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This is a completely virtual experience for the fans. Additionally, every WWE show and pay-per-view event will be shot here.

The company has no intention of bringing the live fans anytime soon. However, it seems their main rival AEW is planning to get one step ahead of them.

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AEW Announces Live Audiences

All Elite Wrestling announced it would bring back live fans to AEW Dynamite beginning with the Aug. 27 episode next week.

The release said, “All Elite Wrestling (AEW) announced it would host limited, ticketed crowds of 10-15 percent capacity for its live shows at the open-air Daily’s Place amphitheater Jacksonville, Florida, starting on Thursday, Aug. 27.”

AEW authorities aim to bring back live audiences to AEW’s shows. Keeping state and local regulations and CDC guidelines in mind, only a select number of socially distanced seats will be available. The tickets are only for groups of two, three, four, and six around the outdoor venue.

The tickets to attend the Aug. 27 show started sale on Friday (August 21) at 10 a.m. ET. Tickets are available on AEWTIX.com and Ticketmaster.com.

The company is taking mandatory precautions

WWE announced earlier that they are filming every show in closed sets with only the essential personnel. Therefore, Tony Khan, while describing the safety measures said the following –

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Guests will be required to wear face coverings that cover the nose and mouth and to physically distance from any person who is not a member of their pod. Guests will also be asked not to attend the day of the show if they have COVID-19, symptoms of COVID-19, or have had close contact exposure to someone who they know has COVID-19 or symptoms.”

Along with this, there will be ample hand sanitizing stations and air ventilations.

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In recent weeks, AEW has been allowing some spectators inside the venue. However, they were either fans or family of the performers.

This week’s episode of Dynamite moved from its usual Wednesday night slot to 6 p.m. ET Saturday night.  We are yet to see whether the company can deliver what they are promising.

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Angana Roy

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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