Twitter Erupts After the First Show in WWE ThunderDome

Published 08/22/2020, 11:08 PM EDT


ThunderDome truly took it to the next level. The latest episode of WWE SmackDown was great and there were a lot of improvements made to the entire stadium. Even though the visual experience got a lot of positive reviews from fans, a large number of fans didn’t really enjoy what they were seeing.

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ThunderDome’s visual screening of fans’ faces seemed a bit weird to so many people. Even though it did look futuristic, the entire thing spelled ‘online class’ more than ‘wrestling match’.

The WWE creative team may have also gone a bit overboard with the descriptions. Fans expected something really over the edge and saw the new stadium as something of a huge change.

Essentially, ThunderDome was overhyped. Perhaps WWE could have played it out better by not getting fans too excited for it either.

Another gaping flaw in the system was that a single person’s face could be seen multiple times on the screen tiles. One person was spotted nearly 10 times across the board.

A good number of fans also complained that they had registered to be a virtual fan for ThunderDome but when SmackDown began, they were on the waiting list for a whole hour before being let in.

WWE has to work on a lot of things before SummerSlam

Fans also found it immensely creepy that a lot of faces were there just staring a smiling. It seems really odd, given that actually fans are always moving. 

WWE’s use of recorded crowd cheering was also not appreciated. The show was further criticized because apparently, fans wearing AEW t-shirts were not allowed inside.

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Fans feel that WWE aimed too fair and fell short on many aspects. However, this was only the first attempt at ThunderDome. There will obviously be a lot of fixes as we head into SummerSlam.

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WWE can put the visuals to trial again at NXT TakeOver before SummerSlam. 

What really must be appreciated is that WWE has gone so far to please its fans and has done so successfully with the ThunderDome. Even though there are some things than need to be worked on WWE has done a very good job with this new idea.

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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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