WWE Diva Emma talks to Brian Fritz about being part of the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 30 which will be her PPV debut, coming up from NXT, who she has been excited to meet so far in her career and more.
Scotty 2 Hotty talks about appearance at Raw Old School earlier this year, being a part of the NXT Arrival show, why he is back in the ring more often now and working indy shows including with tag-team partner Brian Christopher after being apart for years, getting a chance to see old friends, the new talent in the WWE, helping at the performance center, why he never worked for another big company, becoming a firefighter and the TMZ story on that, being a part of WrestleMania in the past and his thoughts on this year’s show, his affinity for theme parks and much more.
Scotty will be signing autographs at WrestleCon in New Orleans on Saturday and Sunday of WrestleMania weekend. Also, he is helping with Mick Foley’s WrestleMania Dream Vacation Raffle to support RAINN where the winner not only gets airfare to New Orleans plus tickets to WrestleMania 30, the Hall of Fame, Raw, and a whole lot more including airfare to Orlando, Florida where you’ll spend four nights at an Animal Kingdom resort, four-day parkhopper passes to Disney World and on one of those days Scotty will be your personal tour guide!
The WWE taped episodes of NXT last night at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. The company taped four episodes that will run through the month of April. You can watch episodes of NXT on the WWE Network. Here is what happened at the tapings.
-Kalisto (f/k/a Samuray Del Sol) defeated El Local. This was probably dark, but replays were shown post-match so it wasn’t 100 percent clear.
Episode One (April 3):
-Emma over Sasha Banks.
-The Ascension beat two local wrestlers. One of the jobbers was FIP talent Johnny Vandal.
-Brodus Clay pinned Xavier Woods. Brodus cut a promo saying WWE took everything from him, so now it’s his time to do the taking. He said he’ll start by taking the NXT Championship.
-Tyler Breeze defeated Yoshi Tatsu.
-Corey Graves beat Sami Zayn.
Episode Two (April 10):
-Adam Rose over Danny Burch.
-Bayley defeated Sasha Banks.
-Mojo Rawley pinned Sylvester Lefort. Post-match, Brodus came out and attacked Lefort. He called out Neville, but backed down when Neville came down to the ring.
The segment likely ended here, because Neville addressed the fans and said that Bo was going to attempt to occupy NXT. He told the crowd to turn their backs to the ring when Bo tries.
Bo came out and attempted to occupy NXT but the crowd turned their backs and had none of it. Bo flipped out and threw the mic; basically had a complete meltdown. NXT General Manager JBL came out and told Bo that he doesn’t have another shot at the NXT Title, but he does have a match with Justin Gabriel.
-Bo Dallas defeated Justin Gabriel. This match was super boring. It apparently felt like it dragged on for ten hours.
Episode Three (April 17):
-Aiden English pinned Colin Cassady. English used a handful of tights.
-Camacho beat Oliver Grey.
-The Ascension defeated two jobbers.
-The Great Khali over CJ Parker. Parker was crapping on the crowd, so the crowd was happy when Khali came out and killed Parker.
-Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger beat Sawyer Fulton and Baron Corbin.
-Adrian Neville beat Brodus Clay by countout It appears as though this program will carry on into the next set of tapings.
Episode Four (April 24):
-Charlotte and Sasha Banks over Paige and Emma. Charlotte pinned Paige.
-Alexander Rusev defeated Travis Tyler.
-Tyson Kidd beat Mason Ryan. Kidd put NXT over after the match.
-Tyler Breeze pinned Angelo Dawkins.
-The Usos and Sami Zayn defeated The Ascension and Corey Graves.
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Results were courtesy of ProWrestling.net.
Brian and Steve are back for the podcast as they talk about last week’s NXT Arrival show which Brian was at and appeared on, Raw from Monday night, CM Punk not appearing on the show, the hot crowd throughout the night, the interaction between Daniel Bryan and Triple H, another great match between The Shield and The Wyatt Family, how WrestleMania 30 is looking and more including your questions.
Michael and Steve come back on the latest Between the Ropes ‘Flagship’ show to discuss everything happening with the WWE Network, what they expect from NXT’s first flagship show, and various other news in the world of professional wrestling. Plus, they answer your questions live on-air!
WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul Levesque (Triple H) spoke with the media on a conference all to talk about the NXT Arrival show which will air Thursday night live on the WWE Network, NXT as a whole and the growth of the WWE developmental system, the performance center in Orlando, taking a bigger role in the company over the past few years, seeing younger talent come up through the system and now be on the main WWE roster, being involved in the creative process with the company and with NXT and much more.
WWE Executive VP of Live Events and Talent Paul Levesque (Triple H) talks about the new Performance Center in Orlando, FL, the future for WWE developmental, trying to recruit elite athletes to the WWE and his own recent arm injury.
STAMFORD, Conn., April 18, 2013 – Opening this summer, the WWE state-of-the-art Performance Center will serve as the new home to WWE’s talent developmental system, recently re-branded NXT® and create nearly 100 high-wage jobs in Orlando, Florida.
With 26,000 square-feet, seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities, the new Performance Center will give WWE the ability to train more potential performers than ever before through a comprehensive program including in-ring training, physical preparedness and character development. The new center will be the training ground for talent that includes former professional and collegiate athletes, Olympians and entertainers, and will offer a best-in-class sports medicine program creating a central location for all WWE talent to receive the best care both in and out of the ring.
“Our economy has created nearly 300,000 new private sector jobs in just over two years, meaning that thousands of Florida families now have the opportunity to pursue their dreams,” said Governor Rick Scott. “WWE could have chosen anywhere in the world to house this new global performance center – and they chose the Sunshine State. Today’s announcement that WWE will create nearly 100 more jobs for families in Central Florida is further proof that everything we do is geared towards job creation and it’s working.”
“We are so excited that WWE has chosen to establish its training and talent development operations in Central Florida,” said Teresa Jacobs, Mayor of Orange County. “In addition to strengthening our burgeoning entertainment production industry, the WWE Performance Center brings high-value jobs, capital investment and continued economic expansion to our area.”
Today’s announcement solidifies WWE’s presence in Orlando and evolves WWE’s partnership with Full Sail University. Last year, WWE and Full Sail announced an innovative partnership that moved live tapings of WWE NXT series, WWE’s weekly one-hour show that broadcasts on WWE.com and in more than 60 countries worldwide, to Full Sail Live, the university’s state-of-the-art performance venue. The partnership, which created a new student scholarship fund, also allows students of the university’s entertainment-focused degree programs, including Film, Show Production, Digital Arts and Design, Internet Marketing and Entertainment Business, to gain real-world experience alongside WWE production staff during WWE NXT tapings.
“The WWE Performance Center and our partnership with Full Sail University are critical to the future of our company,” said Paul “Triple H®” Levesque, Executive Vice President, Talent and Live Events, WWE. “Orlando is now the home to the next generation of WWE Superstars.”
“Collaborating with WWE has elevated the education experience here at Full Sail University by creating many opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience by being mentored by some of the best minds in the entertainment production industry,” said Garry Jones, President of Full Sail University. “We are excited to welcome WWE to the neighborhood and can’t wait to see what the future holds for this evolving partnership.”