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WWE's Performance Center solidifies relationship with college

Triple H celebrates his victory against Brock Lesnar

Triple H celebrates his victory against Brock Lesnar during WrestleMania 29 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (April 7, 2013) (Credit: Chris Ware)

Want to major in headlocks instead of history?

If so, there’s now even more of a reason to attend Orlando’s Full Sail University.

Last year WWE moved its “NXT” TV series, featuring the developmental signees of WWE’s roster, to the university’s performance facility.

That relationship was even more solidified Thursday when WWE announced its new Performance Center in Orlando will be the home to the entire NXT developmental system, beginning this summer.

According to a news release, the 26,000-square-foot facility, which will be located across from the university's campus, will have “seven training rings, a world-class strength and conditioning program and cutting-edge edit and production facilities.”

“The WWE Performance Center and our partnership with Full Sail University are critical to the future of our company,” said WWE executive and 13-time world champion Paul “Triple H” Levesque in a news release. “Orlando is now the home to the next generation of WWE Superstars.”

But it’s not only about the Superstars. WWE employees a huge production staff for its wrestling events, DVD releases, website and other projects. The relationship betwen Full Sail and WWE has allowed students to work with the WWE production staff for TV tapings.

According to the release, the move from NXT’s former Tampa home will bring 100 jobs to the Orlando area.

Maybe some of them will go to college students, whose moms and dads will be apologizing for years after their kids prove them wrong by going to college to study pro wrestling and finding gainful employment.

* Earlier in the week WWE announced that its Superstars for Sandy Relief project raised $524,742.

The auction project, which ran from March 25-April 9, featured unique experiences with WWE Superstars and other celebrities and generated more than 2,000 bids from 152 countries, according to a news release.

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