Opinion: Why the virtual fan audience could fail
August 25, 2020•378 words
The WWE ThunderDome is in full force and what a fresh of breath air it has brought to the viewing experience for fans watching RAW, SmackDown and pay-per-views. For the first time in months, I can actually sit through a WWE show without having watch it on replay or skip through most of the show. WWE needed the ThunderDome.
Unfortunately, as one person in time has said,
"All good things must come to an end."
Just as the virtual fan experience has just started, I am worried it will end quicker than what most people think. During last night's WWE RAW, a "fan" - and I use that term very loosely, decided it would be a good idea to show a KKK rally on the LED screen then followed by an execution video. Like seriously... what the fuck?!
I get that it's someone just trolling to hopefully get their 15 minutes of fame but this is why we cannot have nice things in this world. Selfish people just have to ruin the fun of everything. If more incidents like this occur with the ThunderDome virtual fan audience, WWE will just shut the whole thing down permanently. Don't get me wrong, WWE should have done a better job in moderating this stuff but with the amount of fans in virtual attendance, WWE is bound to miss something. It's a two-way street. Both fans and WWE have to do the right thing to make it a success.
It's a real shame that people have to do this. Many fans patiently wait to get their turn to be shown in the WWE ThunderDome in front of a million plus people, but spaces are taken from jackasses that have to troll. My only solution for WWE to reduce incidents like what occurred on RAW is to either;
A - Have fans pay to be apart of the virtual experience (although, this is not ideal but it could deter people from doing that stuff)
Or B - Have a more rigorous vetting procedure where fans have to submit an official ID to take part.
I'm sure there are many more (and better) solutions to what I've listed here but WWE need to act fast or the virtual fan audience could disappear for good.