I was watching WWE Main Event tonight (yes, it was on DVR…he fell asleep early last night) with my boy and we saw a commercial about Mark Henry, WWE Superstar, that showed him as a baby and as a young boy. It was like a light bulb went off in my boy’s head and he looked at me.
“Mommy, Mark Henry was a baby and a boy just like me.”
And so it begins…is my boy really going to dream of being a WWE Superstar someday? Where would he start training? Can I even let him think this way? Yes, I realize that he will want to be a doctor, fireman, prince, and so many other things throughout his life, but right now…he wants to wrestle!
The WWE announced today that they are opening the WWE Performance Center for WWE Superstar training, building, and entertaining. This is a big deal in the wrestling world and my boy was so excited to see it all on WWE.com today.
WWE Performance Center Key Highlights:
In-Ring Training Room
- 12,000 square-foot world-class training room with seven training rings
- Including one “show ring” with theatrical lighting and broadcast capability to provide developmental talent with a full training experience
- Connectivity between the Performance Center and WWE’s headquarters in Stamford, Conn., via closed circuit cameras will allow for real time feedback from WWE executives
- Best-in-class sports medicine facility with on-site medical care creating a central location for all WWE talent to receive the best care both in and out of the ring
- Dr. Michael Sampson, Medical Director, holds regular office hours
- Access to a full-time athletic trainer and full-time physical therapist whenever talent are training as well as a network of local specialists
Strength and Conditioning
- 5,500 square-foot state-of-the-art strength and conditioning room that will allow for daily training sessions for all developmental trainees
- Featuring cutting edge strength and conditioning equipment, cardio machines, medical rehab equipment and floor space for stretching and plyometric movement
- World-renowned strength coach Joe DeFranco will serve as a consultant
- A small, private studio that allows talent to practice on-camera techniques and work individually on character development and performance skills
- Capable of being operated by the talent themselves, this one-of-a-kind studio functions without technical personnel and is controlled using a simple iPad interface
Edit and Production Suites
- Cutting-edge edit and production facilities dedicated to creating improved TV performances for in-ring talent
- Flash (Pre-tape) Studio – a full-function, green-screen capable studio designed to allow talent to practice their TV presentation skills or to create content for NXT or WWE programming. The room features a Sony ENG style camera, studio lighting and high-resolution recording using AJA Digital recording hardware operated by production staff
- VO Booth – a practice room designed for announcers-in-training to work with WWE seasoned professionals to hone their live action announcing and play-by-play skills. The room allows for up to three announcers to work directly with an audio engineer to provide quick and easy record and playback functionality
You can read more about the Performance center here –
My boys and I can’t wait to hear more about this facility and see some WWE Superstar grow from this center. Hopefully someday we can even bring our boy to visit and take a tour – just like a real wrestler!
What does your child aspire to be (at the moment)?
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