WWE superstar Seth Rollins recently conducted a candid interview with Bleacher Report in which he discussed a number of topics related to WWE’s current programming quality, more specifically, its drop in quality since the global COVID-19 pandemic forced them to move all tapings to the Performance Center in Orlando.
Speaking before the announcement of the WWE Thunderdome and commenting on the tough situation WWE find themselves in at the moment, Rollins said:
“There’s always stuff to work on and, gosh, I think it’s so hard to pinpoint one thing or two things really,” Rollins said. “I think things are tough creatively right now in the sense that we don’t know where this whole thing is going to fall and we’re in the Performance Center, so we’re doing the best we can as far as what the aesthetic looks like, trying to get a crowd in there to make noise. Things from a viewers’ perspective aren’t quite the same. If we could somehow, if we’re going under the pretence we don’t know when live events are coming back and when a live audience is going to be in something the size of a sold-out Boston Garden or whatever, I think making it more fan-friendly, making it more aesthetically pleasing to an audience of a television show might go a long way.”
Rollins went on to talk about how there is no easy solution to bring improvement to programming right now. With WWE experiencing record low ratings, they obviously hope that their new Thunderdome concept can go some way to pulling the nose up on their creative direction. According to Rollins though, they’ll need to hope this also leads to improvements in other areas to find their form again. He said:
“That’s just pulling a rabbit out of a hat because there’s so many things we all need to work on every day,” he said. “Not just the company, but myself, the talent around me, everyone in the back, the writers, the consistency, the conversations, the communication, everything could be better. It’s so hard to pick just one thing and say, ‘Ah, that’s going to be the ticket, that’s going to do it.’ It’s a work in progress, and I think going out there and consistently doing your job the best you can and helping other people out would be the best way to move this thing forward.”
Rollins will be taking part in a Street Fight against the debuting Dominik Mysterio this Sunday at SummerSlam. The show will broadcast live from the Amway Center in Orlando on the WWE Network.