In a recent interview with The National, Triple H opened up further about WWE’s future plans for global localization and specifically the formation of new Performance Centers around the globe.
WWE recently opened the London-based UK Performance Centre, a scaled down version of its state of the art training complex in Florida, featuring rings, training equipment and in-house coaches. NXT UK talent is to report to the facility monthly, in the week prior to tapings.
According to Triple H, that was the first step in the creation of several future centres designed to hone the skills of regional talent on a worldwide scale. The next of those is expected to be in Germany and Hunter outlined the other front-runners likely to follow:
“I can tell you there will be a performance centre in India. There will be a performance centre in the Middle East. There will, more than likely, be a performance centre in Latin America. We will be replicating this process around the globe, all over.”
An Indian centre is particularly interesting. WWE has long been trying to break into the market there due to the incredible success of its YouTube channel in the country, yet it has never found a way to convert that following into drawing money. The experiment of putting the WWE Championship on the limited Jinder Mahal was an abject failure (WWE had to cancel one of its scheduled India dates in December 2017 due to poor ticket sales) and cost them a lot of fans worldwide.
That has not stopped the promotion trying to make it in India though, they are simply going about it a different way nowadays. The first step was the announcement of a four-day training camp in Mumbai in March of this year, at which 40 would-be WWE stars will compete for contracts at the Florida PC.
But will it stop there? The recent acquisitions of Jeff Jarrett and Sonjay Dutt to the backstage staff were interesting hires. Jarrett was heavily involved in TNA’s Indian offshoot group Ring Ka King and Dutt has Indian parents and family. It is not hard to make the link between their hires and the possibility of them heading up an NXT India brand and a PC in the country.
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