The brand new Capitol Wrestling Center, the new home of NXT, has been officially unveiled ahead of NXT TakeOver 31.
The official WWE NXT Twitter account unveiled a video of the facility, which has a raw, rugged, heavy metal look with steel fencing around the ring area. It has bigger screens and also incorporates parts of the WWE Thunderdome.
Speaking earlier today, Triple H told Sports Illustrated about the process to convert the WWE Performance Center into what is now known as The Capitol Wrestling Center, saying:
“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.”
NXT TakeOver 31 is set to be the first WWE event since March to have fans in attendance, with Triple H confirming the pay-per-view will be able to host ‘around 100 people’ which will also be made up of talent and family.
WWE is taking extra safety precautions ahead of the show, with Triple H adding:
“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.”
Interestingly, NXT TakeOver 31 is also the first event of the yellow brand to be carried on traditional pay-per-view. The event is being offered up on services all around the US for $59.99.
The Capitol Wrestling Center name is a throwback to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation – the original name for the WWE, founded in 1953 by Jess McMahon and Vince McMahon Sr. (Vince McMahon’s grandfather and father, respectively) and was promoted by Toots Mondt.
In 1963, Capitol Wrestling Corporation re-formed as the World Wide Wrestling Federation, which became known as the World Wrestling Federation in 1979. The promotion then rebranded to World Wrestling Entertainment in 2002.