Fans around the world were excited to hear that WWE is planning the return of a live audience for WrestleMania 37 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida in April this year. In a recent interview with WFLA.com, WWE Champion Drew McIntyre has spoken about his own excitement about fans being there to cheer him on.
The Tampa resident says he’s looking forward to finally being able to hold up his championship in front of fans, something he missed out on when winning it from Brock Lesnar in the WrestleMania 36 main event as WWE were forced to move the event from the Raymond James Stadium to their Performance Centre in Orlando due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“Last year, was big for for me, the biggest moment of my career, main eventing WrestleMania, winning my first WWE title from Brock Lesnar. Unfortunately, [we couldn’t be] at Raymond James Stadium in front of 90,000 people, family, friends, there, but the good thing is, we gave the world an escape at the height of a pandemic.
“But I’m also very grateful we’re getting a take two this year… So I’m really excited to hear more about that as the weeks go on on, and actually be able to walk out with my WWE title and be able to hold it up in front of fans.”
McIntyre went on to say that he misses live interaction with the fans, and how they can influence what’s happening in the ring.
“It’s the one thing we’ve been missing all year. It’s our number one Superstar, our secret sauce, what makes WWE special is how passionate and loud, and knowledgeable our fanbase are. They can change the pace of a match. They can make an average match good, a good match great, or if an interview is going on in the ring that they don’t like, they’ll crap all over it.
“And if you don’t know what you’re doing it, if you’re not getting your job and you can’t roll with the punches, then you probably don’t deserve to be in front of those fans. That’s what makes them so special, they love the product so much. And we miss them. We miss the live interaction. We see everything on social media. We hear the reactions live in the ThunderDome. But to have the fans there in person, that’s what I’m looking forward to the most.”
WWE has not held a show with a live audience in attendance since March 2020, instead creating the ThunderDome which allows an audience to join the shows remotely.
WrestleMania 37 takes place over two nights, Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th, and will be available to watch live on the WWE Network.