WWE’s introduction of digitally infused crowds into the audience, promoted as ‘WWE Thunderdome’ ran into trouble as the company had to issue a statement to promise changes.
While WWE is often described as the progenitor of all faults to ever exist in the pro-wrestling industry, this time even the staunchest critics shall not be the promotion as the culprit. While most members getting a live view of WWE were innocent to these causes, there were a few who displayed some rather terrible imagery on the screen, some of which made it to the camera, which in turn led them to be screen on TV.
A man in the very front row of the Thunderdome, wearing a KKK robe and seemingly waving a Confederate flag was caught on camera and was immediate brought to major attention by The New York Post.
— New York Post (@nypost) August 25, 2020
“This abhorrent behavior does not reflect WWE’s values and we have zero tolerance for these unacceptable acts. We are working to ban those involved from future events and per our policies, any inappropriate actions result in the removal from the live stream, ” WWE stated in a reply to The New York Post.
The KKK Imagery Was Not The Only Offensive Act on WWE Thunderdome
The KKK imagery was not even the most offensive act of idiocy displayed that night, as an execution video was displayed by another fan in the audience! There were also images of Chris Benoit, blacklisted ever since his double murder – suicide and another of Super Mario.
The other such acts included someone mooning, which again, was caught by the camera. A fan also thought it palatable to display a picture of Sonya Devile’s stalker and potential assailant on screen.
Apart from these troubles, Thunderdome has been an interesting experience, to say the least. It simultaneously provides the experience of crowd watching the matches live while not risking their health in midst of the global Covid-19 pandemic.
There has been funnier moments as well, including some sleeping fans, which may be an intended act to show the boredom of WWE’s programming or an unintended act of, well, sleeping out of tire. A fan with their stuffed Pikachu was also a light-hearted moment seen on TV.
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