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TOURING THE WWE PERFORMANCE CENTER, THE OLD ELKS LODGE IN NYC, DUSTY RHODES AND MORE

By Mike Johnson on 2017-06-22 10:00:00

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Whenever I listen to Triple H on these media calls for Takeover, he invites you to the WWE Performance Center.  Have you ever made the trip?

I have.  In fact, I was there when the Performance Center officially opened in July 2013.  Here is the link to my coverage from that event:

THOUGHTS & OBSERVATIONS AFTER VISITING WWE'S NEW PERFORMANCE CENTER

ELITE SUBSCRIBERS: THOUGHTS & OBSERVATIONS AFTER VISITING WWE'S NEW PERFORMANCE CENTER

One of the criticisms I see of WWE NXT these days is that they don't create new characters and are pretty much trading on the characters that performers had when they were on the independents.  I had a theory on this: is it possible that Dusty Rhodes was responsible for a lot of the character ideas and after his passing, WWE just hasn't had anyone that can match his creativity?

I don't know that there is a direct correlation between one and the other, but certainly, the loss of Dusty was something that cannot be measured and will never be replaced in terms of his importance to the developmental program.    How could there not be?  Rhodes was one of the best creative forces in the history of pro wrestling.

I was watching the Macho Man Anthology DVD and there was a tag between Flair & Michaels vs. Hart & Savage.  Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan did commentary.  Since this match obviously took place in mid 92 (before Summerslam when Hart lost the IC title) why would Ross (who didn't debut until WM 93) and Heenan call the match as if it were current when it was, at best, 1 year old?   Where/when was the match actually presented on WWF video/TV as by the time of commentary Flair was back in WCW and both Hart and Savage had lost their titles making the match even more outdated?

The commentary Jim Ross and Bobby Heenan recorded was done for the Coliseum Home Video release "Grudges, Gripes & Grunts"  It was commonplace in the early 1990s to tape matches specifically for home video during Superstars and Wrestling Challenge tapings and then use them at a later date.  This match was one of those bouts.  It was actually taped in Worcester, MA at a TV taping on 7/20/92.

I attended an independent company titled BCW in Queens, NY which was right down the block from the old Elks Lodge that often hosted wrestling shows.  Why don't promoters just book that venue instead of the new, smaller venue?

The old Elks Lodge on Queens Boulevard was converted into a church and the organization that owns it doesn't want anything to do with pro wrestling.

When are the next Takeover events?

Currently, the next ones scheduled are in August for Brooklyn and November in Houston.

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