Everything You need to know about WWE ThunderDome

Published 08/27/2020, 12:15 PM EDT


WWE’s ThunderDome has really taken off. Over the last three episodes, the viewership has gone up by staggering amounts, and the company may turn a profit during the pandemic! A lot of detailed work that goes into creating the ThunderDome experience. In this article, we will shed some light on the nuanced work being done by the company.

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“WWE has a long history of producing the greatest live spectacles in sports and entertainment, yet nothing compares to what we are creating with WWE ThunderDome,” says WWE Executive VP, Television Production, Kevin Dunn. 

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“This structure will enable us to deliver an immersive atmosphere and generate more excitement amongst the millions of fans watching our programming around the world.”

This was the aim of WWE’s new project at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. WWE has tried everything on its end to deliver on these goals.

The idea here is to create a completely immersive experience for fans. In essence, it was made to feel like the crowd never left the stands. 

The setup crew spent days installing a state-of-the-art set, the video boards, pyrotechnics, lasers, graphics, and drone cameras. The end product was just majestic.

A lot of detailed work went into creating ThunderDome

The fans on the screen are all registered members of WWE ThunderDome. You can sign up to be a virtual fan on the official site. Once a fan has registered and enters the waiting room, he/she will be let into the event shortly.

The system is designed in such a way that if a tile is blank, it will immediately be replaced by another face. While this may keep the board filled, there has been a gaping glitch noticed.

For example, one fan was seen several times across the board. This was a recurring problem throughout the four events that took place at ThunderDome so far.

To keep the crowd entertained and increase interaction, WWE producers have been hosting sessions and rallying the audience. The producers also ask the fans to keep it lively by clapping whenever Superstars enter, or when a match reaches a high point.

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This not only improves the feel of the ThunderDome but also boosts the morale of the Superstars. 

WWE has employed numerous visual effects to elevate entrances to another level. The pyrotechnics and lights are used to make the entire stadium a visual wonder.

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The idea of ThunderDome is unique, and there was a lot of work that went into it. Even though there may be a lot of glitches that need to be patched, the new stadium has really made its impact.

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Luke Dias

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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