A little more than one week ago, WWE began airing live broadcasts from Orlando's Amway Center in its redesigned "Thunderdome" form. Though there have been a few hiccups (like the behavior of a few virtual fans), most fan and critical reception to the change has been positive, as it's seen as a massive upgrade over the more sterile, much smaller Performance Center.
Another change that's part of the upgrades is the return to live broadcasts, instead of longer taping blocks. While WWE wrestlers were reportedly uneasy about doing weekly live shows earlier in the pandemic, an exclusive report from Fightful claims that talents have come around to the idea, apparently in large part due to an increase in proper COVID testing.
The report states in part, "WWE made the move to return to live broadcasts of Raw and Smackdown this week at the Amway Center. The word we've heard from wrestlers thus far has been unanimously positive, as they're hoping this results in shorter filming days. Some weeks of late, filming has continued past 1 am, and wrestlers and staff have been there all day.
"This is a far cry from the reception that Fightful heard back in April when WWE made the effort to go live again. This was well before WWE actually did testing, and were only conducting temperature checks, which had many of the roster worried. Those worried were rooted in reason, as we'd find out."