WWE made the best out of a bad situation when they utilized their resources at the Performance Center. The company has been able to continue providing new content on a weekly basis through the pandemic, but some fans simply did not follow them.
During the Shooting Blanks Wrestling Report, Ryback brought up the fact that the NFL might have games without fans. Odds are those games will get ratings. WWE is in a much different situation as their viewership trends downward every week.
“The trend it just keeps going down more and more and more. I think really, filming at the Performance Center? I don’t think it’s working. It’s great, it’s a great place, don’t get me wrong. It’s a great training facility, but for shooting regular TV every week? There’s just no energy there and it comes across [on television].”
Ryback made a point to mention that he isn’t taking a shot at the Superstars. They are doing the best they can to make this bad situation into something good. The circumstance they are faced with is the issue.
“Again, this isn’t because of the performers, wrestlers or anything. It’s just the environment and the lack of energy from a crowd. So, I’m not shocked. I think they [the ratings] go lower, I really do. But I don’t really know what their [WWE] options are, how can they really change anything?”
WWE obviously wants to move out of the Performance Center. They can’t do it too quickly, but a lot of things need to happen before they can start following through with those plans. The coronavirus pandemic still rages on which is stalling a lot of progress.
Hopefully, we will reach a time when a new normal can be established that is similar to the world we knew just a few months ago. WWE could certainly use the change of scenery.