WWE Chief Product & Technology Officer Rajan Mehta, who played a key part in the innovation of the ThunderDome, recently spoke to Sport Technie about WWE operating through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We take pride in how we’ve operated through COVID-19; we tried to innovate every portion of our organization,” Mehta said.
“It’s important to create a diversion in these hard times and we took that to heart. We never stopped producing content and our weekly shows – we were really excited about that. Back in March, we moved content creation to Orlando without fans, central personnel only. Most recently with the ThunderDome at Amway, we are able to have 1,000 fans in attendance at any given time. When I look at what we did, at our technology and production capabilities, I feel like we set the bar. The ability to try and bring fans to our environment and give the energy of what WWE is, it feels great to watch. Part of what we do is create this energy at WWE that ties into our overall production value.”
WWE never halted operations due to the pandemic. Just like other organizations, they have had to deal with performers and staff becoming infected. AJ Styles is the biggest WWE name under contract to reveal he tested positive for the virus.