WWE's decision to move out of the Performance Center has indeed paid dividends. The product looks fresh under the ThunderDome concept, and the storylines, at least on SmackDown, have been cohesive and quite engaging in recent weeks.
However, the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the WWE, in addition to the company's third-party edict, elicited several adverse backstage reactions. Gary Cassidy of Inside The Ropes also reported that WWE asked the talent to be prepared to travel again, and the reception to the directive wasn't that great either.
WrestleTalk's Louis Dangoor now reveals that the atmosphere backstage in the WWE is much more positive after the company moved to the Amway Center. The morale on RAW and SmackDown has been much better over the past month.
Sources told Dangoor that the positivity had been attributed to WWE shifting its main roster operations to the Amway Center as the Superstars are happier and much more positive. According to the report, people have a lot more space backstage in the Amway Center than the WWE PC, which has 'considerably helped the morale.
How Roman Reigns' return has improved backstage morale on WWE SmackDown
Superstars from the SmackDown roster also noted that the return of Roman Reigns has greatly helped the morale, and it has increased the positivity amongst the talent behind the scenes. The reigning Universal Champion is a locker room leader, and he is apparently leading by example. The change in the taping schedule, which now sees WWE conduct shorter tapings, could also be one reason why the morale has gotten better in the past month.
WWE has endured a challenging period during the COVID-19 pandemic as they have had to adapt to the unforeseen circumstances and continue to create content for its vast programming lineup.
Of course, a lot is happening backstage that has impacted the talent's morale in recent weeks. The Twitch saga, the COVID-19 concerns, and the WWE preparing to travel again have all affected the backstage atmosphere in a big way.
However, it's also great to see the talent happy and motivated to work at the Amway Center. The situation is only bound to get better as time passes.Published 09 Oct 2020, 11:27 IST