WWE will be presenting NXT Takeover: 31 tonight just one week after its Clash of Champions pay-per-view event last weekend. However, this event will include the debut of a new television production look inside of a familiar structure.
According to a report from Sports Illustrated, WWE will be unveiling the Capitol Wrestling Center tonight at its Takeover event. This will also be the home of NXT for the foreseeable future, as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Capitol Wrestling Center is a tribute to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation, which was founded by Jess McMahon in 1953 and run by Vincent J. McMahon, serving as the precursor to WWE.
Paul “Triple H” Levesque was interviewed in conjunction with the announcement, below are some highlights from the interview:
On the name of the Capitol Wrestling Center:
“It’s a historic callback to where this all began,” said Levesque. “We gutted the Performance Center and it’s now rebuilt, so it feels like we’re going back to the beginning. To me, it feels like we’re going back to 1953. Just like then, we’re doing something different and new, taking the business to a whole new level.
“The Capitol Wrestling Center captures the feel and the vibe of NXT. We will have all the bells and whistles of the ThunderDome, but we’ll keep that NXT feel. It’s edgier, darker and raw—you’re walking into the ultimate heavy metal soundstage.”
On both virtual and live fans in attendance:
“There will be a contingent of fans in attendance, some of which will be talent, others will be friends and family and some will be fans,” said Levesque. “We will take every safety precaution that there is. All of this was signed off by our medical staff. Everybody that walks in the building will be PCR tested, take a questionnaire and be medically screened. There will be plexiglass pods with fans that are in groups, and the groups will vary in size. Everyone will wear masks, and each group will never be near anyone else.”
On the relationship with Full Sail University:
“We are not severing our relationship with Full Sail,” Levesque said. “I’m very proud of all we’ve done there. This move is the right decision for us from a tech standpoint, but I look forward to returning there soon and the partnership remains strong.”
They also discussed the possibility of moving NXT to the ThunderDome, the future of the brand and more.
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