WWE announced on Friday morning that it has opened up a second Performance Center. It is the first to be based overseas and is situated in the UK.
During the 1980s, after Vince McMahon took control of WWE from his father, the chairman went about making the company nationally known. He achieved that and moved on to making WWE a household name around the world. While it is to an extent, he, Triple H, and the rest of the back office at WWE has really stepped up their game when it comes to the promotion's global reach.
One of the biggest ways in which they are doing that is by expanding into the UK. It is WWE's second biggest market after North America so it makes complete sense. After a lot of teasing, the UK got its very own NXT brand in 2018. After a few live shows were taped, NXT UK finally became a weekly show on the WWE Network. Plus, this weekend, it will stage its very first TakeOver.
Turns out it is an extremely big few days for NXT UK for more than just its first-ever TakeOver. UK Champion Pete Dunne, Trent Seven, and Tyler Bate were guests on Good Morning Britain on Friday morning and had some big news. That WWE has opened its very first British-based Performance Center. After the news had been broken by British Strong Style, a press conference was held at the new PC.
You can watch the press conference above in full. Triple H spoke for the majority of it, while Charlotte Flair and Finn Balor were also in attendance. The Queen spoke of how important a role the PC played during the early years of her career. She also mentioned that she is looking over her shoulder keeping an eye on Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm. The two will do battle at TakeOver tomorrow for the NXT UK Women's Championship.
These really are exciting times for the UK wrestling scene. If giving NXT UK its very own show wasn't evidence enough that WWE is serious about is UK division, the opening of a British PC is very much confirmation of that. Some will claim it is another attempt by WWE to kill the indie scene in the UK. However, the US indie scene has thrived since the first PC opened in Florida. Here's hoping its sister site has the same effect.