A new report has shed more light on the relationship between WWE and Full Sail University after previous accounts said the partnership had been ended.
NXT is reportedly in line for some big changes to the brand following the latest round of releases that saw thirteen members of the roster leave the company recently.
Following that, big changes have been mooted with a new logo and new set apparently in the works along with a complete change of ethos for the brand. A change of direction in recruiting has also been discussed with the feeling that WWE is looking for bigger and younger competitors to make up their next crop of stars.
Previous reports had stated that one key relationship that was pivotal in the early success of NXT is coming to an end. In his latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer says that the brand’s partnership with Full Sail University has ended. NXT will be filming several week’s worth of action for their upcoming shows with this now said to be down to the company upgrading the Performance Center which will be NXT’s new permanent home.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider has now issued a clarification on the situation by reporting:
“Numerous WWE sources have reached out to PWInsider.com over the last 24 hours to relay that reports that the company’s relationship with Full Sail University has ended are incorrect. There are no plans to tape at Full Sail as long as the pandemic continues, but the door is open to return down the line when restrictions ease up. There are still FSU students who are regularly working all aspects of WWE NXT tapings.”
Full Sail University has been the home of NXT since the developmental brand began in 2012. The venue in Winter Park, Florida was also the home to many of the early NXT TakeOver events. In October 2020, WWE shifted operations of NXT to the WWE Performance Center due to the pandemic, christening their new arena in the PC as the Capitol Wrestling Center.