Inside WWE’s Performance Center where WrestleMania 36 will take place behind closed doors after venue was switched – The Sun

WRESTLEMANIA 36 will take place behind closed doors this weekend as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally set for Tampa Bay, the event was switched to the WWE's Performance Center in Florida.

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And the talent will have trouble keeping their storylines going with no booing or cheering fans ringside.

A statement said: "In coordination with local partners and government officials, WrestleMania and all related events in Tampa Bay will not take place.

"However, WrestleMania will still stream live on Sunday, April 5 at 7 pm ET on WWE Network and be available on pay-per-view.

"Only essential personnel will be on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida to produce WrestleMania."

So what can fans watching online expect from the slimmed-down showing, which is headlined by Brock Lesnar defending the Universal Title against Drew McIntyre?

From the outside, the Performance Center could be any other warehouse on any other industrial park.

Inside though, it’s a highly sophisticated, 26,000 square foot training facility, designed and built for one ultimate purpose – churning out future champions.

It opened in July 2013 for a reported cost of £2.3million.

There are multiple training rings, memorabilia and historical trinkets hanging from the walls, backstage secrets in every corner, and a state-of- the-art gym.

The ceiling is covered in Hell in a Cell-style mesh steel, while a glass cabinet displays a megaphone belonging to legendary 80s manager Jimmy Hart and a pair of boots worn by Harley Race at WrestleMania III.

There are meeting rooms and studios, where the next Michael Cole can finesse their commentary skills.

The main training area is where the Performance Center gets really interesting – a 12,000 square foot factory floor.

Inside there are seven different rings set up, each used for a different stage of training – from beginner to near-expert.

There’s also a mock-up entrance way and ramp, so trainees can work on their ring entrances, plus a working production desk for recreating the set-up of a television recording with lights, music, and working cameras.

But come WrestleMania night, there will be nothing "mock" with what goes on at the Performance Center.


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