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WWE News: NXT tapings will move to Atlanta, Georgia going forward

9.90K   //    30 Nov 2017, 02:49 IST

Full Sail Arena in Orlando, Florida is the home of NXT

What's the story?

For the first time since NXT became a brand in 2012, the television tapings will be away from Full Sail University for an extended period in the near future.

Tonight's NXT tapings will be the last at Full Sail before moving to Atlanta, Georgia starting in January.

In case you didn't know...

NXT originally was a reality competition where the winner would be awarded a WWE contract. The winner of the first season of NXT, Wade Barrett, was actually awarded a world championship opportunity.

NXT would continue with the reality competition format for a total of five seasons before becoming its own brand. Past winners of the series included Kaval (Low Ki), Kaitlyn, Johnny Curtis (Fandango). The final season had three wrestlers that were not eliminated in Derrick Bateman (EC3), Titus O'Neil, and Darren Young.

The heart of the matter

Mike Johnson of PWInsider is reporting that due to scheduling conflicts with the Full Sail Arena, Atlanta, Georgia will be the home of NXT for the next several months. There were instances where a set of NXT tapings occurred on location such the Arnold Classic in Columbus, Ohio, but it has not been away from Full Sail for a lengthy amount of time.

At the time of this writing, there is not any information about what is causing the scheduling conflict that will stretch over the course of several months. The first taping from Atlanta will occur on January 4th at the Center Stage Arena.

What's next?

NXT moves on from WarGames to focus on NXT Takeover: Philly during the Royal Rumble weekend. With Drew McIntryre out injured, it will be interesting to see who steps up to challenge NXT Champion Andrade Cien Almas.

Author's take

It will be interesting to see NXT television from a different location. I thought it was unique how the arena was set up when they ran a set of tapings during the Arnold Classic, and I wonder if they will make any sort of tweaks or changes to the set up in Atlanta.

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