Reasons for NXT Abandoning Tapings at Full Sail University Revealed

As we reported earlier, NXT will cease holding tapings at Full Sail University and are returning to the WWE Performance Center after the TakeOver: 31 this Sunday.

According to a report from Wrestling Inc., relationships between NXT and Full Sail remain amicable and the decision to move wasn’t due to anything “negative” between the two parties.

Rather, the decision to move mostly stemmed from a series of decisions that were made due to concerns about the possible spread of COVID-19.

While NXT has plans to go back to live airings, they are still basically going to be operating on a “closed set” with only WWE personnel present.

There is some concern that, since Full Sail University is preparing to partially open to students, WWE personnel and talent working on the NXT tapings might come into contact with them raising the possibility of inadvertent COVID-19 spread.

It should also be noted that NXT stopped using Full Sail students as camera personnel and production assistants, which they used to before the pandemic, as Full Sail offers classes and training in these areas. Full Sail has also nixed the idea of fans attending live shows on the campus anytime soon.

The Performance Center and the nearby training center are seen as easier venues to keep “closed” and keep WWE personnel and talent close.

The door remains open for NXT to return to Full Sail in the future.