Despite no fans, WWE WrestleMania 36 will add excitement with virtual reality to reduce the coronavirus concerns lingering on everyone’s minds.
The coronavirus pandemic around the world has forced everyone indoors. In this difficult time, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) hopes to fill the entertainment void by continuing its weekly shows: Raw, Smackdown and NXT.
However, because of the coronavirus pandemic, WWE has been forced to produce its shows without fans. It is important to note that live fans are the prime reason for WWE’s success.
Although viewers have become accustomed to recent weekly shows without fans, having WrestleMania under similar circumstances is inconceivable. Hence, with WrestleMania 36 only a few hours away, fans will wonder whether it will be worth watching it.
However, if WWE uses last year’s model of a virtual reality experience, fans will have an enjoyable experience even without live fan reactions. Last year, the WrestleMania kickoff show was telecasted in virtual reality.
No matter what methodology WWE use for their biggest pay-per-view of the year, it will definitely be a unique experience and one to remember. Rarely has any WWE main event taken place without fans cheering for their favorite WWE superstars.
Highlights: Virtual Reality to add Excitement to WrestleMania 36
- WWE’s WrestleMania Past Successes.
- Virtual Reality the Solution for WrestleMania 36’s Success.
- WWE Interested in filling the Entertainment Void during the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Past WrestleMania Successes
WrestleMania has rarely been a disappointment in terms of attendance. The last 5 years of WrestleMania have had over 75,000 fans, including WrestleMania 32’s record attendance of over 100,000.
Last year’s WrestleMania 35 was sold out with an attendance of over 82,000, breaking MetLife Stadium’s previous attendance record. Fans from all 50 states and over 68 countries attended the event.
With fans so important for the success of the event, the question is whether this year’s WrestleMania will have the same excitement.
Virtual Reality to Induce Excitement in WrestleMania 36
WWE must build off from last year’s successes with virtual reality. They had several pay-per-view shows with virtual reality, including WrestleMania 35’s kickoff show.
Their new partnership with Next VR since 2018 has brought new excitement. David Cole, NextVR CEO explained why virtual reality will bring success to WWE. Cole said,
“Our patented VR broadcasting pipeline will bring fans ringside with WWE Superstars to experience the electrifying energy and spectacle firsthand.”
Virtual reality will surely add to WrestleMania 36’s success considering it will be one of the only live shows. It will provide a new dimension for fans to enjoy wrestling sitting at home.
As Next VR’s CEO said, the audience will “experience the electrifying energy and spectacle firsthand.”
WrestleMania Crucial in Filling Entertainment Void
As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, several sports, tv shows and other live events have been postponed or cancelled.
Paul Levesque, populary known by his ring name, Triple H, is a WWE executive member. He insisted holding WrestleMania 36 is crucial in this time of distress as it is their job to entertain fans. Triple H, said,
“Now, more than ever, entertainment is needed.” We want to be there for people, to be an escape and a release and something to take their mind off things amid all this.”
However, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, several people also criticized WWE’s decision to move ahead with WrestleMania 36. In response, Levesque highlighted that all safety precautions will be taken. Levesque said,
“We’re working with the government officials very closely. We’re taking all of the precautions, we’re screening our talent. Anybody that’s uncomfortable doing this doesn’t have to. The crew and the staff is very, very limited.”
Virtual reality will surely help WWE succeed with WrestleMania 36 as fans need live entertainment. Fans will be interested in witnessing WrestleMania 36 live sitting at home.