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By Dave Scherer on 2021-04-12 10:00:00

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The WWE HOF had no in-person audience and the virtual audience was pre-recorded. So, the inductees were basically giving their speeches to no one?

Pretty much.

WWE usually interviews talent on the “red carpet” as they arrive at the HOF and head to their seats. No live audience this year. Um, where was the talent going all dressed up?

All I can surmise is that they wanted it to seem like a “normal” Hall but I agree, it was weird to get dressed up for no real reason.

Should WWE have removed the ring and set up chairs for a small (talent) audience? Maybe a different audience for each class? Assuming they could do this safely, of course, but at this point I don’t see why they couldn’t.

I think that would have been better than what they did.  The families of the people getting inducted seated in the building would have been a nice touch.

I’ve come to accept pre-recorded crowd noise, but pre-recorded crowd interaction (like the sing-a-long with JBL)? Takes me out of the moment. Thoughts?

I prefer real audience reactions but the current state of the world makes that difficult.

Did AEW really have The Bucks turn again?

If you ask them, they would probably say no and that it’s long term storytelling.  If you ask me, yep and it’s getting ridiculous. They have probably turned three more times since you sent this question.

AEW brought in Mike Tyson to try and combat NXT’s Takeover.  They won the demo and lost the audience.  Would you consider that a win?

If it’s me, I wouldn’t have done it that way.  I would have saved bringing Tyson in for the first show without competition if it were my decision.

Who is under more pressure now that NXT has moved to Tuesday and Wednesday has the night to itself?

In both cases, there are three scenarios in play, they can go up, stay the same or lose audience.  In AEW’s case, two of them are bad.  They are staying on the established night so anything other than audience gain is a failure for them.  Since NXT is moving nights, if they stay the same or go up, it’s a positive (at least for the first month or so).  Also remember this, NXT is WWE’s third brand.  Dynamite is AEW’s number one brand so their numbers mean far more to their company that NXT’s mean to WWE.  When you add in the recent erosion of audience that AEW has seen, it’s time for them to fix their booking problems and turn things around.

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