No pyrotechnics, no fans — digital, cardboard or packed in seats — no members of his family

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His time due as the next face of WWE, Drew McIntyre imagined what his crowning achievement would look like in the build toward last year’s WrestleMania in his American hometown of Tampa,

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Then, silence. No pyrotechnics, no fans ‘ digital, cardboard or packed in seats ‘ no members of his family sitting ringside to celebrate with the Scottish-born star.

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Banished from the scheduled site at Raymond James Stadium, WWE ran its signature event inside an empty training facility in Florida.

“The pandemic hits. I get a little angry, disappointed, frustrated when I found out it was going to be in the performance centre,” McIntyre said.

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WWE is set to welcome back fans for the first time in more than a year when 25,000 of the catchphrase-yelling, replica championship belt-wearing, sign-holding diehards are expected on both Saturday and Sunday nights at Raymond James Stadium for WrestleMania.

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WrestleMania 37: Show gets back to business, WWE ready to rumble with fans

McIntyre is back in the main event when he takes on WWE champion Bobby Lashley on Saturday. Roman Reigns defends the Universal championship in a triple-threat match against Edge and Daniel Bryan in Sunday’s big match.

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“There’s nothing like seeing the fans in person and getting a redo in Raymond James Stadium,” McIntyre said. “They’re going to blow the roof off, if there’s even a roof.”

The company built on the purported 24-inch pythons of Hulk Hogan navigated a pandemic year with live shows held in its ThunderDome setup, where fans appeared on digital video boards and artificial crowd noise was pumped into the stadium for every match. Even without nonstop touring, WWE business has never been better: Already locked into long-term, billion-dollar TV deals with Fox and USA, WWE shifted its standalone streaming service to NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service for, yes, another billion-dollar contract.

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Back in Business: WrestleMania ready to rumble with fans

That’s a truckload of fabulous moolah for a company whose ratings cratered during the pandemic, with just 1.701 million viewers watching the Mania go-home show Monday night on USA.

Often criticized for a heavy reliance on past stars in its marquee events, WWE has John Cena, Lesnar, Triple H, The Undertaker and Bill Goldberg sitting this one out. Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey ‘ the first female wrestlers to headline a WrestleMania main event, in 2019 ‘ are at home. Bayley and Charlotte Flair aren’t advertised. The card, of course, in wrestling is always subject to change.

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Back in Business: WrestleMania ready to rumble with fans this weekend

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2021 WWE WrestleMania 37 predictions, matches, card, date, start time, PPV preview, location

WrestleMania has always served as the pinnacle event in WWE each and every spring. The latest edition of the biggest show of the year is just on the horizon as WrestleMania 37 will take center stage this weekend. The biggest stars in the company perform under the brightest of lights, and those lights will certainly be the brightest they’ve been in a while as WrestleMania 37 will be allowing fans at a limited capacity into the stadium for the first time in over one year. Once again, just as last year’s WrestleMania 36 which was forced to take place inside the empty WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, the biggest spectacle of the year will go down over the course of not one but two nights.’

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In this April 3, 2016, file photo, Roman Reigns holds up the championship belt after defeating Triple H during WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. WWE is set to welcome back fans for the first time in more than a year when 25,000 fans are expected on both Saturday, April 10, 2021 and Sunday, April 11, 2021, for WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. Jae S. Lee/The Dallas Morning News via AP

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