All eyes were on the new 26,000 square feet WWE Performance Center for the state of the art facility’s grand opening in Winter Park, Florida on Thursday. The facility cost $3.5 million to convert from a warehouse to the most impressive pro wrestling training facility in the world.
Below are some news and notes from the affair:
- There is an office area with a 4000 pound steel table and a self contained promo area where workers can practice promos.
- The facility features a new “announce room” where Jim Ross will be regularly helping out.
- Dr. Michael Sampson will be keeping “office hours” at the facility with Dr. Joseph Maroon also being involved. This is being looked at as a big plus for talent already on the main roster as they can come in and rehab when injured.
- One of the facility’s seven rings has extra padding for practicing high spots, while another has full event lighting to acclimate talent for television.
- Florida Governor Rick Scott was seen as major ally in the facility being built in Florida, however, WWE did not receive any incentive from the state.
- Our report of cameras throughout the facility has been confirmed as High Definition cameras will keep developmental under 24/7 surveillance. Company executives and Vince McMahon will be able to check in on developmental anywhere at any time they want.
- Full Sail University graduate Felipe Gianazzo was awarded a $10,000 scholarship by TripleH. Gianazzo has worked ever NXT show since May 2012.
- Xavier Woods, formerly known as Consequences Creed, spoke on behalf of the developmental talent at Thursday’s event.
- Michael Cole operated as the host for the press conference.
- Sheamus spoke from a superstar’s prospective and talked about working as part of the ring crew at Wrestlemania 24, while he was just a developmental wrestler.
- Stephanie McMahon said that Triple H’s legacy begins with the WWE Performance Center.
- The hashtag #WWEPC is actually trending Twitter.
- Vince McMahon called the facility’s opening “a new beginning”
- Stephanie McMahon tolled the original bell from Madison Square Garden to “officially open” the facility.
Special thanks to Arda Ocal and his constant Twitter updates for contributing to this report.