WWE Opens UK Performance Center

WWE UK Performance Center

WWE has officially opened a Performance Center in the United Kingdom.

The UK Performance Center was unveiled in London, England on Friday. WWE hyped up the facility in a press release: “With 17,000 square feet, two training rings, world-class strength and conditioning equipment, and versatile content creation infrastructure, the UK Performance Center will enable WWE to train athletes utilizing a comprehensive program, including in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development.”

This is WWE’s second Performance Center and the first international one, with the company’s United States Performance Center having opened in Orlando, Florida in 2013. The facility is the first of what will be many Performance Centers outside of the United States, WWE EVP of Talent, Live Events & Creative Paul “Triple H” Levesque said.

“It’s about going the world over and finding the greatest athletes and the greatest performers in any market we can,” Levesque said. “It’s an incredible undertaking, looking for the greatest athletes from around the world, bringing them to places like this that will be set up around the world to train that next generation of Superstars.”

In addition to Levesque, Charlotte Flair, Finn Balor, and Pete Dunne spoke at Friday’s press event.

More than 30 wrestlers signed to NXT UK will train at the UK Performance Center.

The announcement comes in advance of NXT UK’s first-ever TakeOver special being held at the Empress Ballroom in Blackpool, England on Saturday. The special will air live on the WWE Network, with the card starting at 2 p.m. Eastern time. There will also be a 30-minute pre-show on the Network at 1:30 p.m. ET.