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WWE ‘consider returning to ThunderDome without fans with concerns about Covid-19 getting in the way of WrestleMania’s plans’

WWE is said to be considering a return to ThunderDome WITHOUT fans to ensure Wrestlemania 38 goes as planned.

CEO Vince McMahon is said to be concerned about the ability of countries to launch missions to help combat the spread of the Omicron variant.

WWE has moved operations to ThunderDome during the height of the pandemic

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WWE has moved operations to ThunderDome during the height of the pandemicCredit: WWE
And CEO Vince McMahon is reportedly contemplating getting back there if states carry out Covid mandates.

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And CEO Vince McMahon is reportedly contemplating getting back there if states carry out Covid mandates.Credit: WWE

And ThunderDome, as well as Performance Center, is said to be one of McMahon’s backup plans should restrictions apply.

WWE inside Dave Meltzer wrote in his column: “WWE could be back somewhere in Florida.

“You can always do Performance Center.

“The problem is that if you put RAW and SmackDown in front of 300 people again, those numbers go up.

“ThunderDome, I mean they did better at ThunderDome than at Performance Center, so I think in that sense WWE could look at ThunderDome again and try to populate a building.

“But it’s hard because I guess you can make a baseball stadium, because baseball doesn’t start for months, so I guess they’ll go to Tampa baseball stadium and set up.”

Thunderdome served as WWE’s base of operations during the height of the pandemic.


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The site was first set up at the Amway Center in Orlando last August before it was moved to Tampa’s Tropicana Lawn in December of next year.

ThunderDome moved to the Yuengling Center in March but shut down in July after WWE resumed operations in July.

WWE’s latest coronavirus concerns come just three months before WrestleMania 38.

Immortals’ latest rollout is scheduled to take place at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas over the weekend of April 2 and April 3.

AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host Wrestlemania 38 in March

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AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas will host Wrestlemania 38 in MarchCredit: GETTY

So far, no matches have been scheduled for the event.

As it stands, the show will be able to continue with an accommodating crowd.

The UFC hosted two pay-per-view events at full capacity at the Toyota Center in Houston this year and will return to the arena in February.

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