This year’s WrestleMania was unique because it was performed without any fans in the arena. It is a challenge for WWE that they forced the show to tap in advance.
But advance filming is also proving beneficial for the company. Because taping allowed the company to filmed more cinematic effect matches like The Boneyard Match and The Firefly Fun House Match.
Another huge benefit of taping the show in advance without an audience is that WWE lowered the risk of injury.
During the SmackDown Tag Title ladder match, Jimmy Uso took a particularly nasty fall off a ladder, but some wrestling observers has claimed that the WWE used a crashmat to break his fall.
This, of course, would never happen at a live show with a crowd, but one moment that was very legit was Kevin Owens’ dive off the Wrestle Mania sign, which had no padding to protect either the Prizefighter or the Monday Night Messiah.
Whilst Owens’ huge dive was epic, it wasn’t the original spot planned, as on Twitter, the Universal Champion revealed plans to jump off a Pirate ship at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, and though we didn’t get that dive, fans did see the next best thing, as Owens was able to defeat Rollins in their impromptu No-DQ contest.