Whether it’s the SmackDown fist, WrestleMania rollercoasters, or the Backlash hooks, WWE is known for its iconic and elaborate set design. Now the man responsible for them says the company is looking forward to all new sets when they commence touring again come July.
Jason Robinson is the Lead Production Designer for WWE and in conjunction with the company’s mammoth creative and design departments puts together the sets for all WWE programming.
With the company heading back out on the road in July after a year of closed sets and then a residency in the WWE ThunderDome, fans of the company’s aesthetic could be in for a taste of something new.
Speaking to Below The Line, Robinson discussed the possibility of new sets moving forward and how he’s looking forward to the company’s first pay-per-view back on tour, July’s Money In The Bank.
“We’re heading out on the road come July 16. We’re coming out in Houston, Texas on SmackDown, then we’re headed right into our Pay Per View, Money in the Bank, which is one of our favorite pay-per-views of the year. Lots of ladders with a briefcase hanging over the ring, so we have two Money in the Bank briefcases and onto Dallas and then we’re not looking back. We’re headed forward, so we’re looking at new sets, new staging that we’re building. My next phone call is to the graphics department, talking about augmented reality and how AR is going to interface with our set, and how we’re going to make some really cool graphics for set entrances as our superstars enter.”
With the WWE wheel never stopping turning, Robinson also has his mind set on August’s SummerSlam taking place in the home of NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium.
“I think it was just announced this past weekend on NBC that we’re having SummerSlam in Las Vegas on August 21, and man, that is going to be huge. It’s going to be our first SummerSlam in a stadium since Wembley, years and years ago [in 1992]. The next phone call after that, we’re going to talk about a roof structure that we’re going to put in at Allegiant Stadium.”
One innovation that WWE has used in recent years is augmented reality. Whether it’s a roaring Roman Reigns or complete stacks of New Day pancakes, Robinson says this is a road the company is going to continue going down.
“We’re moving forward with AR, hopefully, multiple cameras will look at it from multiple different viewings. We’re really excited, and we’ve got a good plan. I don’t want to spill the beans. We’re definitely moving toward an AR environment for our television show.”