WRESTLING fans were finally allowed to return to ringside last night for AEW’s latest episode of Dynamite.
After five months without any live audiences due to the Covid-19 outbreak, 500 people were allowed into Daily’s Place this week to watch the action.
WWE’s rival company AEW enforced a number of strict guidelines to ensure everyone was safe.
Each fan in attendance had to wear a mask while social distancing was enforced in the arena, with those there spread out around it and limits to how many could use the toilet facilities at any one time in place.
But prior to the show going on air, AEW’s owner Tony Khan came out to address the crowd and asked them not to swear while reminding them to follow the protocols.
Despite only having a 10 per cent capacity, wrestling legend Chris Jericho could not hide his joy at working in front of a live crowd again.
And he appeared after the show went off air to thank those in attendance for an “historic” night.
Y2J said: “Listen, shut up for a second. Let me just say this — like me, don’t like me, I don’t give a damn.
“But I will say this, tonight was a historical night. We appreciate you being here.
“We thank you for being here. It’s a night I won’t ever forget. The night live crowds came back to AEW!”
AEW’s competitors WWE still have no live crowd in place but last week introduced their new virtual fan wall.
However, the Thunderdome caused them some major issues as a man wearing a KKK-hood appeared on one of the screens near ringside.
WWE have vowed to ban those involved and are now set to reward their longest and most-trusted fans by placing them closest to the action.
Crowd chanting Welcome Back and all of a sudden 2020 doesn’t suck anymore. @ShutUpExcalibur is back #AEWDark pic.twitter.com/kgMVfLp0vD
Already answered concessions. Bathrooms only allowed a few at a time. So embarrassing taking photos in a bathroom just so some of y’all will STFU about how reckless it was. Felt very safe. https://t.co/SEdBvAuA3h pic.twitter.com/ABTKghA0lT
Plenty of staff around making sure everyone is masking on.
Honestly every fan I’ve seen has one on. They’re too excited about seeing live wrestling that they’re not risking.
Everyone knows if this succeeds there will be more chances to attend so everyone is being smart https://t.co/qItSSG5v9V pic.twitter.com/63QTLTDlNF