WWE Performance Center

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WWE Performance Center
Founded July 12, 2013
Headquarters 5055 Forsyth Commerce Rd Orlando, Florida
Key people Vince McMahon (Chairman and CEO of WWE)
Triple H (Developer)
Parent WWE

The WWE Performance Center is a professional wrestling school, as well as a training, sports science, and sports medical facility owned and operated by WWE in Orlando, Florida, opened on July 11, 2013.

Background[edit]

The Performance Center is home to WWE’s talent developmental system, WWE NXT.[1] The facility is 26,000 square-feet, and includes seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program, as well as cutting-edge edit and production facilities and also a voice-over room that performers and on-air announcers can use to practice.[2][3]

Leading up to the opening, the headquarters for WWE's former developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling, was shut down as WWE transferred NXT's headquarters to the Performance Center. Ring equipment, as well as other materials held at the FCW Arena in Tampa were broken down on June 28, 2013 and items WWE decided to keep were transferred to the new facility. WWE transferred what they chose to keep to the new facility.[4] Ryan Katz (a.k.a. GQ Money) was hired to work as an associate producer at NXT. He noted on Twitter that he was unloading and setting up 33,000 pounds of weights and other equipment.[5] An ultra slow cameras and a special ring for high flying moves were moved to the performance center [6]

Attending the opening were WWE Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events Paul "Triple H" Levesque, Executive Vice President, Creative, Stephanie McMahon, Teresa Jacobs and Ken Goldstone, Chief Operating Officer, Full Sail University, WWE SVP of Special Events, John P. Saboor, and Florida Governor Rick Scott. "I love anybody that brings jobs to our state," Scott said. "They have all this talent here. Everyone when they come here to work here, they want to stay here. Every job is important."[3][7]

The Performance Center uses former wrestler as trainers, including Bill DeMott, Billy Gunn and Joey Mercury.[8] WWE Hall of Famer Dusty Rhodes trains future wrestlers on how to best express themselves on the microphone and let their personalities shine through.[9] The female wrestlers have their own female trainer, Sara Del Rey.[10]

After the aperture, WWE signed some new trainers, such as former WWE wrestler and Ohio Valley Wrestling Trainer Nick Dinsmore and British wrestler Robbie Brookside.[11][12] WWE also offered a contract to then-NWA World Heavyweight Champion Rob Conway, but he declined the offer.[13] The Performance Center includes some guest trainers, including Mickie James and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion Adam Pearce.[14][15]

The WWE Performance center has been used for try outs. Individuals including NFL star Shawne Merriman,[16] The American Wolves, Bestia 666,[17] and Kenta[18] have tried out at the Performance Center.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "New WWE® Performance Center Opening - Yahoo! Finance". Finance.yahoo.com. 2013-04-18. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  2. ^ "Jim Ross comments on the WWE Performance Center, working with the NFL, Jake Roberts suffers a relapse". Prowrestling.net. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  3. ^ a b "World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.: A New Beginning for WWE®". WWE. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "WWE Counts Down Most Explosive Ring Entrances, FCW Station Officially Shut Down, More". WrestlingInc.com. 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  5. ^ "Why Flair Pulled Out Of HOF Appearance, WWE Performance Center News, Kozlov's New Gig". WrestlingInc.com. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-09-07. 
  6. ^ http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-wwe-performance-center/page-3
  7. ^ "WWE opens training center at Full Sail". CFN 13. Retrieved 12 July 2013. 
  8. ^ http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-wwe-performance-center/page-2
  9. ^ http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-wwe-performance-center/page-7
  10. ^ http://www.wwe.com/inside/10-things-you-didnt-know-about-the-wwe-performance-center/page-9
  11. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.php?id=80405
  12. ^ http://pwinsider.com/article/81495/top-star-injured-all-time-great-becomes-wwe-nxt-trainer-heyman-update-former-wcw-star-makes-cameo-on-tour-and-more.html?p=1
  13. ^ http://superluchas.net/2013/09/21/al-parecer-rob-conway-ha-rechazado-trabajar-para-la-wwe/
  14. ^ http://pwinsider.com/article/81516/former-wwe-diva-returns-as-guest-trainer.html?p=1
  15. ^ http://superluchas.net/2013/12/01/ex-campeon-de-la-nwa-iria-al-wwe-performance-center/
  16. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/article/81763/former-nfl-star-talks-about-his-wwe-tryout-sandow-does-a-good-deed-miz-to-hangout-this-weeks-nxt-and-more.html?p=1
  17. ^ http://www.pwinsider.com/ViewArticle.php?id=82172
  18. ^ Johnson, Mike (2014-01-28). "International star at the WWE Performance Center". Pro Wrestling Insider. Retrieved 2014-01-28.