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Exclusive: WWE will open a performance center in India, confirms Triple H

With the Orlando center training a significant number of talents at the moment, WWE are looking to create more of them outside the United States.

other sports Updated: Jan 12, 2019 19:56 IST
Sayan Ghosh
Sayan Ghosh
Hindustan Times, London
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File image of WWE Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative Paul "Triple H" Levesque.(Getty Images for WWE)

The World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) performance center has developed into a major source of talent for the main roster since its opening in 2013. From Charlotte Flair to Finn Balor, the graduates have proven their mettle on the big stage and with WWE NXT becoming a third weekly show for the promotion, the performance center has played a huge role in steering the future of the company.

With the Orlando center training a significant number of talents at the moment, WWE are looking to create more of them outside the United States. The United Kingdom became the first place to get their own performance center and Executive Vice President of Talent, Live Events and Creative for WWE Triple H confirmed that the company is looking at India as one of the future venues.

“We are seriously looking at setting up performances centers all around the world and that will help us in finding and nurturing talents from all around the globe. In India, we will be hosting tryouts this year for the first time and when we believe that there is a substantial amount of caliber, we will start the process to set up a center there. But I can say with certainly that there will be a performance center in India. There will be one in the Middle East and maybe one in Latin America. We will be replicating this process over and over again,” he told Hindustan Times in an exclusive interview.

Triple H was in London for the inauguration of the facility and he will be also be in attendance for NXT Takeover Blackpool - the first Takeover show in England - on January 12. With 1580 square metres, two training rings, a strength and conditioning equipment and versatile content creation infrastructure, the performance center in North London is a brilliant place for the NXT UK talents to hone their skills and Triple H believes that this is their first step towards global localisation of content.

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“This is the first step of us getting the performance centers out of the United States and into other countries. We are looking at global localisation of content and the reason we chose United Kingdom at the first location is because we have a lot of talent here and they have already proven themselves. We want them to achieve more and that is where the Performance Center comes into play.”

When it comes to India, the WWE are already taking huge steps when it comes to acquiring talent. In 2017, the company selected Kavita Devi, Rinku Singh and Saurav Gujjar from the Dubai tryouts and along with Kishan Raftar and Jeet Rama, they are currently training at the Orlando center.

The country will now be holding its first-ever talent tryout in Mumbai in March this year. The four-day tryout will give up to 40 local athletes the opportunity to showcase their abilities. The talent pool will comprise of elite performers with a diverse background in sports and athletics, including kushti, kabaddi, wrestling, American Football, basketball, combat sports, cricket and body building.

With the tryouts coming to India for the first time, it will provide a bigger opportunity for the Indian aspirants and Triple H talked us through the selection process that the company will be employing.

“The process is that we will scouring India to find talent who we believe can succeed in WWE. We will be working with a number of partners to look for the best athletes and also people who have a true passion for this work. We will narrow down to the best applicants and they will be invited for the final tryouts. The selected bunch will be taken to either London or Orlando for training,” he explained.

First Published: Jan 12, 2019 17:58 IST