Vince McMahon has visited the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida as rumours swirl that the WWE Chairman is set to replenish his main roster after swingeing cuts made by the company.
According to a report by Mike Johnson of PWInsider, McMahon attended the Performance Center along with other senior figures in the company. Among them were WWE President Nick Khan, Executive Director Bruce Prichard, and Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis.
The report adds that the group met with PC staff and observed in-ring training while there. While the reports says that there was a degree of trepidation ahead of the visit, it was a very positive day with one person present quoted as saying it was like “a breath of fresh air” compared to the worry in the lead up to it.
WWE has cut their roster in increments beginning for the second year in a row on April 15th, 2021. The likes of The IIconics, Mickie James, and Wesley Blake were all released from their contracts among many others. In May, behind the scenes departments were merged causing many cuts there as well as NXT losing a few members of its roster, most notably former NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream. As recently as June 25th, WWE continued the budget cuts by releasing many members of the 205 Live roster including Ariya Daivari and Tony Nese.
Reports have stated that several NXT stars have been backstage at main roster WWE events in recent weeks to participate in tryout matches. NXT Champion Karrion Kross, Scarlett, and now-former North American Champion Bronson Reed are among those slated to have taken part.
As well as potentially looking at the next generation of WWE Superstars, Vince McMahon may have been casting an eye over a few more familiar faces. Reports have stated that WWE stars were asked to report to the Performance Center to get used to performing in front of fans once again now the company is getting set to head back on to the road post-pandemic.