WWE Performance Center opened for its talents almost a decade ago and it has become an integral part of the system, since then. This is a facility for the trainees and the established superstars to sweat out or get rehabilitation if and when an injury occurs. It appears that the PC system could be enhanced.
For those who don’t know, WWE Performance Center opened its doors in 2013 in Orlando, Florida, serving as WWE’s state-of-the-art facility that offers in-ring training, promo classes as well as gym facilities. Moving forward, it became home for the NXT Superstars. Then in 2020, the PC became the host arena for NXT trainees which had previously been filmed at Full Sail University in Florida.
At one point during the COVID-19 pandemic era, WWE Performance Center used to be called the ‘Capitol Wrestling Center,’ a reference to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation that was run by Vincent J. McMahon. But that dropped with the launch of the NXT 2.0 brand in late 2021.
Global ideas being nurtured for WWE Performance Centers
Now it appears that WWE has plans to increase the size of the entire facility, according to the company President Nick Khan. During this week’s Q1 2022 financial call to investors, Khan told those on the call that they’re looking at “expanding and improving on” the WWE Performance Centers.
The comment was noted as ‘global expansion’ that must be a hint that WWE is trying to set up NXT brands across the world, with NXT Japan being one of the ideas floating around the internet. WWE NXT UK brand is already operational while a separate WWE Performance Center is also there in the UK located in Enfield, London, England.
In 2020, Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that the plans for NXT Japan were “dead in the water.” But then the idea of a WWE NXT India brand alongside a WWE Performance Center in the country was also speculated. But no confirmation has arrived about the same, as of this writing.
During the Q1 call, WWE’s Chief Financial & Administrative Officer Frank A. Riddick also mentioned how they are expanding and improving some of the WWE Performance Center. He noted that they have not made a decision on what they’ll be doing with the ideas but they are definitely looking at it.