NXT has been emanating from Full Sail University since March, unlike its RAW, SmackDown and 205 Live counterparts which have airing from the Amway Center over the past few weeks. However, this all looks to change very soon for both the black-and-gold & purple brands.
As first reported by John Pollock of POST Wrestling and later confirmed by Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, both NXT and 205 Live will be moving taping locations from their usual home of Full Sail University to the WWE Performance Center. The change will first come into effect this Sunday, October 4th, for NXT Takeover 31.
Takeover will mark the first WWE event to take place in the Performance Center since August 13th, whilst also being only the second NXT event to emanate from there. The first was the March 11th episode during the week when WWE moved all its taped shows to their training facility in response to the escalating COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, NXT has been taped bi-weekly from Full Sail, with 205 being taped in the ThunderDome alongside RAW and SmackDown in recent weeks.
This follows Triple H saying that Takeover 31 would have “a very unique look and feel, something totally different that hasn’t been done so far” during his NXT Takeover 31 media conference call on Wednesday, going on to say that it would be “game-changing” for the black-and-gold brand. Perhaps this change is, in part, what he was referring to.
It is currently unclear why the change has been made, though we’ll keep an eye out for any updates right here at Inside The Ropes.