WWE to open new rookie facility near Orlando
TAMPA - World Wrestling Entertainment is opening a new 26,000-square-foot training facility for future performers near Orlando, replacing the South Tampa center that opened six years earlier. The WWE Performance Center will have seven rings as well as areas for strength and conditioning and physical therapy, the Orlando Sentinel reported. There will also be a sound stage, where future wrestlers can learn about television production with broadcast students from nearby Full Sail University. A news conference with Gov. Rick Scott and WWE executive Paul Levesque, better known as wrestler “Triple H,” was held Thursday at the east Orange County site.Levesque told the Sentinel that the Orange County location will replace the Tampa facility. It is expected to open this summer. In 2012, WWE began phasing out its promotion for Florida Championship Wrestling, which was housed at 4535 S. Dale Mabry Highway. FCW opened in 2007 to groom future wrestling stars, under the management of former wrestler Steve Keirn. The company began transitioning its training arm to the NXT Wrestling brand last summer. Since May, WWE has been taping its "NXT" show for up-and-coming wrestlers at Winter Park’s Full Sail University, which focuses on degrees in broadcasting and digital arts.