Tonight’s NXT TakeOver will emanate from the Performance Center – however, it’s now known as the Capitol Wrestling Center, and will look much different.
“The building is a throwback to Capitol Wrestling, a business that caused a shift in wrestling. That is exactly what we’re planning on doing again, starting today in NXT.”
WWE has apparently transformed the Performance Center into somewhat of a mini-ThunderDome while keeping the ‘NXT feel’ for authenticity.
The Capitol Wrestling Center will feature video walls surrounding the ring with virtual fans in attendance, similar to the ThunderDome. However, in addition, there will be real, live fans in attendance. Triple H confirmed to SI that there will be ‘around 100 people’ present at TakeOver. The limited capacity will be made up of fans, friends and family, and talents.
“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.”
The Capitol Wrestling Center
The venue’s name is a tribute to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation founded by Jess McMahon in 1953, and run by Vincent J. McMahon. Triple H told Barrasso why it’s fitting NXT pays tribute to the precursor for WWE.
“It’s a historic callback to where this all began. 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.”
“We are not severing our relationship with Full Sail. 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.”