Capitol Wrestling Center debuts tonight

WWE announced through Sports Illustrated that NXT TakeOver 31 will be taking place at Capitol Wrestling Center, the new name for the remodeled WWE Performance Center.

The name of the facility pays tribute to the Capitol Wrestling Corporation that was founded in 1953 by Jess McMahon, the grandfather of WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

Speaking about the facility, Paul “Triple H” Levesque said:

“We gutted the Performance Center and it’s now rebuilt, so it feels like we’re going back to the beginning. To me, it feels like we’re going back to 1953. Just like then, we’re doing something different and new, taking the business to a whole new level.”

The facility will feature a limited amount of live fans in attendance – around 100 fans – consisting of talent, friends, and family. There will also be a video wall to host virtual fans at the events. All fans will be tested for COVID-19 and fill out a questionnaire before entering. Groups will be placed in plexiglass pods and everyone must wear a mask.

We reported earlier this week that NXT was leaving Full Sail University to go to the Performance Center for the “foreseeable future.” Levesque said that the company’s relationship with Full Sail University is strong, but this is the right move for the brand from a technical standpoint.

We will have full coverage of NXT TakeOver 31 from the Capitol Wrestling Center starting at 7 p.m. Eastern/6 Central.