From the time WWE announced ThunderDome, and specifically that fans would be streamed into Amway Center during live broadcasts of Raw, SmackDown and PPV events like SummerSlam - everyone knew it was only a matter of time until someone “went into business for themselves.”
At first, it was harmless stuff. A Pikachu here, a Mario there...
Summerslam had Pikachu— BalorDaGodYT (@BalorDaGodYT) August 25, 2020
RAW has Mario
I bet NXT is gonna get Luigi or somethin pic.twitter.com/r5sTRDJBvB
An AEW “invasion” occurred:
MJF2020 inside WWE ThunderDome pic.twitter.com/sqgDX0iWDl— Inside The WWE ThunderDome (@WWEVirtualFan) August 25, 2020
At Sunday’s PPV, someone took their displeasure with the company’s handling of allegations into sexual misconduct by NXT’s Velveteen Dream to ThunderDome.
But at last night’s Raw, it got ugly.
the KKK & chris benoit in attendence for WWE’s Monday Night RAW pic.twitter.com/2LR0ijjkUH— John Leguisagna (@RabbeseKing) August 25, 2020
The Klansman also reportedly waived a Confederate flag before he was removed from the broadcast. There was also what appeared to be footage of an execution on-screen for a time.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reached out to WWE for comment and received the following statement in return:
“This abhorrent behavior does not reflect WWE‘s values and we have zero tolerance for these unacceptable acts. We are working to ban those involved from future events and per our policies, any inappropriate actions result in the removal from the live stream.”
The company has rules and regulations in place for ThunderDome participants. There is also said to be a delay between what appears on Amway Center’s screens and the live TV broadcast. But thus far neither has deterred or caught all the mischief-makers or truly bad actors that are signing up for WWE’s interactive fan experience.
Here’s hoping more safeguards can be put in place. ThunderDome is planned to be the home of all non-NXT programming for at least the next two months.