WWE Developmental Talent Performance Center
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WWE Launches Performance Center Website, Applications Are Open For Aspiring Talent

WWE Launches Performance Center Website, Applications Are Open
WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon WWE Network at the 2014 International CES at the Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas on January 8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world’s largest annual consumer technology trade show, runs through January 10 and is expected to feature 3,200 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 150,000 attendees.

WWE has officially launched a website for their Performance Center. Aspiring wrestlers are able to apply for a try-out and get further details about the try-out process. The site gives full details of the facilities, the focus on character development, the focus on strength and conditioning as well as in-ring training. Notable coaches listed on the site are Matt Bloom, Shawn Michaels, William Regal, Serena Deeb, Sara Amato, Norman Smiley, Steve Corino and Scotty 2 Hotty.

Triple H had a lot to say about the significance of the website launch (as well as Shawn Michaels) in an interview with Sports Illustrated:

“If you want a career in the WWE, here is how to go about it,” said Levesque. “There is advice on what to expect at tryouts and testimonials from people who have careers in WWE. It’s all about creating the pathway, and this will really open the faucet and allow talent to flood in from a global level.”

On WWE being a victim of it’s own success:

Vince has it ingrained in this company that we never rest on our laurels,” said Levesque. “That mentality of ‘We’re the best and no one is going to touch us’ is the kind of arrogance that leads to your demise. There is always room to grow, always room to learn more and improve what you’re doing. That is necessary for us to be able to grow as a brand and as a company.”

“I thought that we were a victim of our own success,” said Levesque. “The indies had dried up, and there was no system to find new talent. Shortly after that, Vince asked me to start that system.”

On Shawn Michaels becoming reinvested into wrestling:

“Shawn Michaels and I talk about it all the time now. Shawn wasn’t a part of this business for a long time, and then he came to the Performance Center and it lit a fire under him to see all the young talent. The more he started being around, the more invigorated he became. That re-lit his passion for the business.”

On reaching talent globally:

“We’re recruiting globally, finding stars around the world,” said Levesque. “WWE is this global product that is seen everywhere and has massive appeal, almost on a level where there is nothing quite like that. American football does not translate a lot overseas, cricket doesn’t translate everywhere in the world. Soccer is probably the closest to it, but we have this amazing product that is globally massive. Seventy percent of our viewership across all our platforms comes from outside of the US. We want to keep the world engaged.”

To visit the new Performance Center website you can do so by going here and to read Sports Illustrated’s full interview with Triple H you can do so by going here.