Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.
Speaking on The Complex Sports Podcast, Sasha Banks has opened up about missing the energy a live crowd brings, and how the reaction of fans can even make her change her plans during matches.
“I miss the live energy of people and fans. You guys can create so much magic and take me on a ride and make me change my mind in my matches and make me do different things. I miss that so much. Thank God, I still have an amazing and incredible mind that I don’t even need you guys [laughs]”
The Smackdown Women’s Champion went on to talk about her favourite pop of all time, the crowd reaction to her classic match against Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn for the NXT Women’s Championship in 2015.
“My favorite pop of all-time is myself against Bayley in Brooklyn. That crowd and that reaction is everything I ever dreamt of my whole entire life. People were on their feet, no one was sitting down. Not even people in wheelchairs were sitting down. I was making miracles happen. I was making men cry.”
The match itself saw Bayley defeat Banks to end her championship reign at 192 days. It was widely praised and is seen as one of the all-time great women’s matches.
In news that is sure to excite Sasha Banks and other WWE superstars as well as fans, it has been reported that WWE plans to finally bring a live audience back for WrestleMania 37 in April this year, with it being said that the company aims to allow 30,000 fans to watch the spectacle in the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay, Florida on both April 10th and 11th.