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    Mar 16, 2020

    This WWE Event Held In An Arena With No Fans Is So Insanely Surreal

    Want to see a professional wrestler make their entrance with no fans reacting?

    As everyone knows, major sports and entertainment productions have shut things down over the past week. NBA, MLB, NHL, they've all pressed pause in the wake of the coronavirus spreading across the globe. However, WWE decided to continue putting on a show, hosting Friday Night Smackdown from their empty performance center.

    Friday Night SmackDown Proceeds With No Live Audience Friday Night SmackDown on March 13 will air live as regularly scheduled and emanate from WWE’s training facility in Orlando, FL, with only essential personnel in attendance. The event was originally scheduled in Detroit, MI.

    To start things off, WWE legend Triple H welcomed viewers to the "30,000 square foot" facility.

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    As you see, there are still bright lights and a ring at the center of attention, but the lack of fans is impossible to miss.

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    For perspective, here's what the Friday Night Smackdown crowd looked like a week earlier on March 6, 2020.

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    Here's a shot of the empty arena during a tag team match with Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross versus Bayley and Sasha Banks.

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    And here's a shot of a tag team match between Naomi and Lacey Evans versus Bayley and Sasha Banks just one week earlier.

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    Here's a shot of an interview segment from the empty arena.

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    And here's what an interview segment looked like a week earlier.

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    Watching an ordinary match is strange because there are spectacular moves without applause or reactions from an audience, and you can hear the wrestlers loud and clear.

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    The segments that are typically done with a very vocal audience around were done surrounded by empty chairs, and it was really something. Seriously, watch for yourself.

    "You broke me @JohnCena, but The Fiend put me back together." - @WWEBrayWyatt #Smackdown.

    The empty arena oddness will continue tonight, as WWE plans to do Monday Night Raw without a live audience. They've also announced that they'll continue with WrestleMania 36 on April 5, 2020, on a closed set that only allows essential personnel.

    Monday Night Raw Proceeds With No Live Audience This Monday night, Raw will air live as regularly scheduled and emanate from WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida with only essential personnel in attendance. The event was originally scheduled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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