Almost a year after the last show staged by WWE with a real, flesh-and-blood audience in its arenas, it looks like the federation may soon have a specific date on when to get its beloved WWE Universe back on a show. with the Royal Rumble of 2021, which could thus mark the definitive return of fans (albeit still distant and in the midst of anti-covid regimes), in a McMahon show.
Already in recent weeks, there had been a lot of talk about when WWE could bring back some of its special shows with fans involved in the first person, without the help of the ThunderDome to connect the members of the WWE Universe in a virtual way with the television shows of the company and in many of the online sources had already reported how the event next January could be the show designated by McMahons.
According to reports in the last few hours by the overseas site, Wrestling News, there are currently a 50% chance of having the Royal Rumble with a live audience and another 50% chance of holding the show with the usual.
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ThunderDome is still a part of the company's latest events.
As reported in one of the latest updates from the site, in fact: "Internally, WWE has said it wants a definitive answer to have fans in the arena for the Royal Rumble by January 7, with an announcement that it would come that weekend in the event.
Our sources give us a percentage of 50/50 feasibility for the moment. Next month will be crucial for the decision." At the moment, WWE has not yet released any official announcement on where the 2021 edition of the Rumble will be held, let alone when, with the management of the Stamford company that still has so all the time to get organized and, if necessary, take all due precautions to be able to reopen their doors to fans, almost a year after the last event open to the public, from which years seem to have passed.
The WWE has already tinkered with having live fans in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic, as NXT has been allowing a small number of fans into the Capitol Wrestling Center since NXT TakeOver: 31. Florida's policies regarding large-scale events is a bit looser than other states, which is reportedly why WWE is looking to move WrestleMania 37 from SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.
A Rumble event inside Tropicana Field would certainly fit the look WWE has been trying to establish for the Rumble in recent years. The past two events have also taken place inside baseball stadiums — Phoenix's Chase Field in 2018 and Houston's Minute Maid Park in 2019.