WWE Rumors: WWE Thunderdome Era Is Coming to an End

Published 09/25/2020, 11:05 AM EDT


The WWE Thunderdome Era is reportedly ending. The contract between WWE and the Amway Center ends next month on October 31 and as per recent reports, WWE is going to leave the arena. For the uninitiated, the ThunderDome era started right before SummerSlam 2020.

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According to Inside the Ropes, WWE talents were told to prepare for travel from next month. Furthermore, WWE asked them to not plan for any of their own personal travels.

WWE’s initial deal with the Amway Center started back in August. The company worked with the Famous Group to create the ThunderDome and had great visual, pyro, and laser boards.

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After many shows and two PPVs later, this news is certainly shocking.

WWE has started moving out of the Thunderdome

An insider within WWE confirmed the information to renowned journalist Garry Cassidy. They stated that WWE was preparing for the move away from Thunderdome but the next location was yet to be revealed.

According to the same source, Superstars will get an advance window of three weeks where they can ask for a sabbatical from the company.

As we reported earlier, WWE paid almost 450,000 dollars for setting the Thunderdome in the Amway Center. The contract could still be extended if WWE renegotiates the deal.

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WrestleVotes recently reported that WWE had assembled a small team to look into the possibilities of running outdoor shows upon the expiry of their contract with the Amway Center.

Thunderdome has helped WWE ratings a lot. Be it SmackDown, Raw, or Pay-Per-Views, the tickets get sold out right before the show. Moreover, WWE received rave reviews with their virtual and technological spectacle. The stadium’s state-of-the-art feel makes it futuristic.

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Due to the pandemic, live audiences are still a distant dream. However, the virtual audiences were certainly an improvement from the Performance Center crowds.

Taking the company’s ongoing move into consideration, it is highly likely that WWE is not going to extend its contract with the Amway Center.

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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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