Posts Tagged ‘WWE Performance Center’

The Singh Brothers (Samir and Sunil) spoke with Sportskeeda on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Getting beat up by Jinder Mahal:

“We deserved it! We deserved it. We let him down! 2-on-1 against AJ Styles; we had a huge opportunity. AJ is one of the best wrestlers in the world, probably in the last few decades. He truly is Phenomenal, and it was an opportunity of a lifetime. And we let The Maharaja down. And he [Mahal] had every right to put us in our place for that. Lesson learned, brother. Lesson learned.”

Learning from Shawn Michaels at the WWE Performance Center:

“Yes. We’re very lucky. When we started in NXT, the (WWE) Performance Center, Shawn Michaels had just moved. And we kind of gravitated towards him, and he took a liking to us. I think he saw a lot of Marty [Jannetty] and Shawn in us. Because we were known as ‘The Bollywood Boys’ at that time. Even our gear was a lot like ‘The Rockers’ with the tassels and the bright colors. A lot of our tag team moves were like The Rockers, so he took a liking to us. And I would say Shawn really helped us get to this point. And the cool thing is that he’s the greatest of all time, in our humble opinion. So, to have him there and pick his brain, and ask him questions—We’re like, ‘Hey, what do we do here?’, ‘What do we do there?’. And even to this day, he’s still willing to [help].”

Breaking out and their goal as a tag team:

“Our goal since we were kids was to one day become WWE Tag Team Champions. It would be great to be the first ever WWE Indian-born Tag Team Champions. Jinder was the first WWE Champion — Indian-born. So, that could be a great historic moment for India. Absolutely, the goal is to one day become WWE Tag Team Champions, and the only way that happens is when you start wrestling as a tag team. If that opportunity comes up, great, but right now our focus, our main priority is making sure Jinder becomes two-time WWE Champion.”

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Criticism lobbied at the WWE Performance Center is unfair, according to Triple H during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative was responding to comments claiming the facility favoured a robotic style and lacked individuality.

Clearly passionate about the subject, Triple H also said that a real effort had been made to remove the uniform style WWE perhaps favoured before breaking ground on the Performance Center and called critical comments misconceptions that are “always the same”.

Trainees at the Performance Center do wear branded WWE gear during sessions and workouts, but Triple H says this is because the company want to harness an environment where everybody feels equal.

‘The Game’ also discredited the idea that any talent leaving the Center would do so as robots who worked the exact same way, claiming that WWE want each and every prospective superstar to leave with their own identity and character.

In an attempt to show the unity that exists in the facility, Triple H pointed towards the celebratory feel when someone graduates to NXT or the main roster.

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Source: The Ross Report

Recently on The Ross Report, legendary professional wrestling broadcaster Jim Ross welcomed fellow WWE Hall Of Famer Trish Stratus to the program. During the conversation, Stratus talked about her retirement from professional wrestling, whether she was originally planned to appear at NXT TakeOver: Toronto, and whether she was ever approached about being a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center.

Stratus admitted that she did not have an exit strategy for her professional wrestling retirement. Rather, her mother was diagnosed with cancer as her WWE contract was expiring and she took it as a sign to focus on her family.

“There wasn’t really any exit strategy as far as ‘what will I do when I retire?’. It was just the right time, but I was 100% happy with the way everything went, obviously, on a number of fronts. My [WWE] contract had come up and they came to me and wanted me to sign for another five years. And I was just ready [to retire]. I was going to be 30 [years old] that year. A big thing was my mom was diagnosed with cancer, and, for me, it was like, ‘okay,’ it was a sign almost, to be like, ‘I need to be with her during treatment. I can’t be on the road. It would be impossible for me to give her the support she needs’. So that was, obviously, like, the sign from above that meant ‘this is the right time’ because there were times where I thought, ‘is it the right time?’ But I felt really satisfied with my [professional wrestling] career at that time.”

According to Stratus, her WWE run had “a storybook ending” and that she could not have asked for a better exit. Moreover, going out at Unforgiven in 2006 in front of her hometown crowd was WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s idea.

“I was ready. And then, that sign from above that my mom was needed to have me [nearby] and it was about family at that point. I was ready to leave and I remember I talked to Vince about it and he supported my decision. And, in fact, it was him who said to me, I mean, I didn’t know how I was going to exit. And I just knew I think my contract was coming up in August or something. It was in the summertime and he said, he came up with the idea. He said, ‘you know, [Unforgiven] is in Toronto [Canada] and I think it would be pretty awesome to go out there. Would you want to stick around a couple more months?'”

Also, during the interview, Stratus shared that WWE never talked to her about appearing for the company over Survivor Series 2016 weekend, as WWE contacted her about something else a few months earlier and found out she was pregnant at that time. Accordingly, Mickie James’ spot at NXT TakeOver: Toronto was never meant for ‘Canada’s Greatest Export’.

“No, I did not [get approached], actually, that was a big rumor that even my team, my staff, was asking me.” Stratus added, “there were no plans whatsoever to do anything. It seems, obviously… no. I mean, they had not asked me. And, at that point, I mean, I was backstage. I did go backstage and I was about seven months pregnant. I was seven-and-a-half months pregnant. There was really nothing that could have been done at that point. So no, they had never talked to me about that. But they had known I was pregnant too. There was some talk a few months earlier about doing something with them, just collaborating on something. And so they all knew I was pregnant. So that was just a full-blown rumor. It wasn’t anything they had thought about doing and then didn’t work out, and then, they got Mickey and all that stuff. No, Mickie [James] was the girl for that match.”

Stratus divulged that she was asked by Triple H to be a guest trainer at the WWE Performance Center, but it the timing has not worked out given her pregnancies.

“I think just because of how it [has] happened with my choice of pregnancy timing, it hasn’t worked out. And I know that Triple H talked to me at [one point], just a brief conversation at one point. And I guess either I was backstage for something or we talked about the idea and I said, ‘yeah’. Maybe the Performance Center was just going to be starting and he said they’d love me to come down and I would have absolutely love to have gone down there. And then, I got pregnant. And then, I had a newborn. And then, expecting, et. cetera, so it hasn’t really worked out. But yeah, I’d love to see the kids in action and to see what goes on in that because I am just so impressed with what they’re churning out. Like, everyone, I mean, everyone, all of them, they are all on point.”

Source: Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast

Recently on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels talked about possibly working as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center. Also, Michaels shared how ‘Sweet Chin Music’ came to be his finish.

According to Michaels, he is in talks with Triple H about working as trainer at WWE PC, but there is so much structure that it seems too much like a job for ‘HBK’ at the moment.

“Every now and then, once in a blue moon, I’m wandering down to the Performance Center. I go to the Performance Center. That’s something we’re sort of talking about, but there’s a whole lot of structure there that sort of scares me. It scares people like me. It does. That looks a lot like a job.”

With that said, Michaels is confident that a deal will be reached.

“Honestly, it has been loosely discussed. I’ve been down there a handful of times. Again, I thoroughly enjoy it. I think, honestly, all of it is, one, getting the time, having the time in my schedule because I have just been busy here and there and figuring out what I can do, what I can offer, and then, because the most important thing, I think, and I know Hunter agrees, is consistency. And like I said, I mentioned it somewhat jokingly, that having a certain amount of consistency is good for me. I just don’t want to get outside of my wheelhouse and negatively affect them. So we’ve got to find a thing that works for all of us and that’s sort of where we’re at with that.”

Michaels added, “it’s a great group of guys to work with down there, phenomenal. And I very much enjoy it. I think it’s going to happen. It’s just a matter of time and working out all the kinks and stuff.”

Apparently, Pat Patterson suggested to Michaels that he use the superkick as his finish instead of the teardrop suplex early on in “The Showstopper’s” initial heel run after turning on Rockers partner Marty Jannetty.

“When I first went single’s I was trying to use what I later heard was called a teardrop suplex. I just used the double-underhook and crotched a guy and suplex him. So I was using that one and Pat Patterson came to me one day. He said, ‘I like it, but that kick, the kick is actually more impactful than the suplex. What do you think about using that one?’ And I was still new as a single’s [competitor]. I said, ‘sure! Heck, I’m just trying anything.’ And so we did that, and then, it just sort of kept going. And then, whatever, you start adding some more flair to it. And all of a sudden, eventually, one day, it begins to take on this life of its own.”

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It was reported a few months ago that Shawn Michaels had been offered a trainer’s job at the WWE Performance Center. WWE never made an official announcement, but it seemed plausible: Michaels is widely regarded as the most influential wrestlers of all-time, and the man himself admitted to discussing the role with Triple H.

While HBK spent time training at the Performance Center in September, his full-time status remained a mystery, until now. Kevin Nash appeared alongside fellow Kliq members Sean Waltman and Scott Hall on the Kevin Gill Showpodcast earlier this week, and he claims that Shawn has accepted a position as Head of the Performance Center.

Nash’s comments are transcribed below:-

Nash: How many people, including the two guys to my left, know that the new Head of the WWE Performance Center is Shawn Michaels? Hall: Oh yeah, I knew that. Waltman: Is he actually moving to Florida? I can’t believe that. Nash: Oh yeah, he’s moving to Florida with the family and everything. If you thought that NXT was something wait til that son of a bitch gets down there and gives them his magic. There is nobody better than him. Physically nobody better. Psychology nobody better. It’s going to be a game changer. I don’t know what the hell they are paying him but it’s got to be a lot because to get Shawn to do the 9-5… Waltman: Whatever it is is a bargain.Nash: His son wants to do graphic design. His daughter wants to be a veterinarian. Sea World is down there. There’s a lot of advantages to being in Orlando over Abilene, TX. Nothing against Abilene. I hear there’s a lot of good things going on there. Gill: I don’t think Full Sail has opened a branch out there. Nash: Graphic design is something you have at Full Sail. “Go with Dad to work.”

As exciting as this sounds, the news does bring Matt Bloom’s status into question. Contrary to Nash’s claims, the Wrestling Observer’s Dave Meltzer notes that Bloom is still employed as the Performance Center’s Head Coach:-

Kevin Nash was on the Kevin Gill show and said that Shawn Michaels was the new head instructor at the Performance Center. Michaels has been coaching there, but the WWE confirmed that Matt Bloom is still the the head coach.

Regardless of whether HBK is Head Coach or a regular trainer, this is a huge boost for the Performance Center. Many of WWE’s current trainees will have grown-up idolising Michaels, and they’ll now have the opportunity to learn from him after years of watching him on television. As one of the most highly-regarded and charismatic wrestlers of all-time, Michaels’ presence will only benefit WWE’s next generation.

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Source: Channel Guide Mag

Scott Fishman recently interviewed WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus for Channel Guide Mag to promote her new movie, Gridlocked. Below are a couple of highlights:

WWE bringing back the brand extension:

“I think it’s a great move. There is just so much talent right now. They need the two platforms to allow them to develop the talent and help shape these characters. With so many talented Superstars on the roster, you can’t have them waiting in the wings forever. Because of NXT and the opportunity they have been given to grow at the Performance Center, there are many ready to go right now. I know when I was there and we had the brand split, there was excitement within the roster. There is so much more potential for opportunity and with the two brands, interesting things can happen, like the Draft became an interesting element for the fans.”

SmackDown going live:

“Moving to live is going to be good, too. I know when I was on Raw, I don’t know if it was an internal thing, but that was seen as the A-show. There is nothing like a live performance for the fans and for the performers. I think that combination will be a positive thing.”

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Source: Enuhito

NXT Women’s Champion Asuka was interviewed by Enuhito about her transition to American wrestling. You can see highlights below, or the full interview at this link.

The coaching at the Performance Center:

“Coaches here are teaching me a lot of things I didn’t know in Japan. Basics to advance techniques. Some of it is similar to what I was doing in Japan but rhythm or timing is little different in the States, so how I mix Japanese and American techniques to my style is what I need to work on.”

Her relationship with other Japanese WWE stars:

“I am in the same promo class with Hideo. We need to do promos in front of other superstars and coaches, but it always turns out to be like a comedy show. Shinsuke took me out to the beach with other superstars. Shinsuke gives me advices after checking my matches.”

What she eats in the U.S.:

“Now a day, I only eat Japanese food here! I miss Japanese food! Not so many good Japanese restaurants in Orlando. It’s difficult to find authentic Japanese restaurant.”