Roman Reigns was on SmackDown and he did an interview with Cole about his upcoming WrestleMania match against Goldberg. In perhaps the best segment of the night, John Cena was interviewed by Cole and he was interrupted by Bray Wyatt, who he is scheduled to face at WrestleMania.
Overall, WWE did the best it could with the situation. The first 30 minutes of the show felt clunky and awkward, but after that, it felt like a WWE show. The second hour, in particular, things felt back to normal. The Bryan-Cesaro match was good and you barely noticed that it lacked a live crowd. Same for Hardy’s win over Corbin.
Then in the final segment, I’d argue that Cena’s interview with Cole benefitted from having no live crowd. If there was a crowd, Cena probably cuts a promo instead of getting interviewed. Then, instead of the serious and somber tone, Cena took at times in his answers, he would have yelled and screamed in a promo, feeding off the live crowd’s energy. It worked. It was better.
What remains to be seen is how long WWE will have to hold shows without a crowd at the Performance Center. But if Friday was any indication, they’ll be able to do so for as long as they need.