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Keith Mitchell Reveals Why AEW Decided Against Using A ThunderDome Concept



As we reported last week here on eWn, former AEW, WCW, and TNA producer Keith Mitchell has retired from the pro wrestling business. During a recent appearance on the “Talk Is Jericho” podcast, Mitchell commented on why AEW decided against using a setup similar to the WWE ThunderDome during the pandemic, and more. You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On AEW deciding against using a WWE ThunderDome setup: “You guys, obviously, were the most adversely affected by it, which no crowd but from us, I mean, we there were several different things that were, you know, the Zoom wall or this or — I really didn’t want to do that. I don’t know if I don’t really talk Tony out of doing it, because, to me, it just felt like it would be canned. It would not be, have I felt like we could get a lot better. It just didn’t seem to me like it was it would come across well on television.”

On seeing WWE’s presentation of the ThunderDome and how AEW went a different direction: “That was my concern. Because, it was difficult to mix the sound of the people the look, it just would — to me, it came across as it was gonna look real plastic, real fake, not that energy that I was talking about earlier about the crowd, making you feel like you’re sitting — you wouldn’t have felt like you’re sitting at ringside, you would feel like you were, watching a video game or whatever. So we — it was a big transition, but I think that having the guys come in at ringside, that the talent sitting at ringside was a genius idea. I think that was probably Tony’s idea, and, brought in [and] helped out a lot of guys that, [were brought in], so they could work on Dark and Elevation.”

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