WWE stars were given a new edict about working through commercial breaks while at TV events.
The company sent an email via the Talent Relations department to the roster to inform them that they now must work through commercial breaks while TV shows air.
The edict states the reason for this is so the talent can practice doing so before they return to shows with fans in attendance again in addition to it being a better experience for the virtual ThunderDome crowd.
The email stated, “Effective now, you will need to work through the commercial breaks at TV. It keeps you warmed up, it continues the in-ring story, it is practice before we go live with fans and is a better experience for the virtual audience.”
WWE will have a live crowd for the first time in over a year at WrestleMania 37 next month. After Mania, there’s no word yet on when WWE plans to return full-time with fans in attendance. It should be noted that in states such as Texas and Florida, WWE can run shows with fans in attendance at any time.
As noted, WWE decided to change things up to the Talent Relations department as John Laurinaitis had been rehired this week. Laurinaitis reports to WWE Executive Vice President of Operations Brad Blum.