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More on the closing of FCW

The decision to close Florida Championship Wrestling caught many wrestlers by surprise, as most learned of the news last night with talent frantic about the pending move to Connecticut. Obviously, the cost of housing is considerably higher in Connecticut. Former WWE announcer Kevin Kelly (and current ROH announcer) tweeted, “With FCW closing down, good luck to all the young men & women who moved to Tampa to train. Stamford is an expensive toilet. I feel for you.” Triple H has been talking about making changes in developmental for quite some time, and it was inevitable that changes were looming.

The talk this morning was that gym wouldn’t close until May, and FCW will conduct another set of television tapings. FCW tweeted, “FCW has a huge week of live events Cody Rhodes tom nite in Orlando, Thurs Tampa, Friday @ Deland Armory and Saturday in Brooksville.”

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7 Responses

  1. A_FAX says:

    Wwe can’t seem to make its mind up about its developmental process. We’ve seen Ohio Valley, Heartland Wrestling, Memphis, the old Funkin Dojo and now Florida Championship. I think the move to Stamford makes sense in logistics. They’ll be able to keep a closer eye on the going’s on in development. I would think its safe to bet that Skinner is probably on the outs as far as running it. I personally think that the wwe has too many guys in developmental and for a lot of the guys they sign its not necessary for them to really even spend much time there. And for the really green guys they sign I think they should send them on the road to work indy dates. And if they don’t like it then let them go. Make these guys pay some dues and then the ones who really want it can earn it and they can filter out the meathead talent that don’t really understand the business to begin with. Just my thoughts.

  2. dave says:

    A_FAX – a tip of my cap to a great post I agree with completely.

  3. James says:

    Don’t forget Deep South.

  4. -J- says:

    lmao at an “expensive toilet” hope WWE is paying for them to make the transition to Stamford, WWE gets a huge discount for producing shows in Stamford just like Springer and Maury who moved their shows there.

  5. newjack101 says:

    A_fax has it right, great post fella. Maybe they have it in mind to get the developmentals on indy shows. The fcw roster is quite small and not many unique match ups and ways to learn different in ring styles, in the long term for the guys that dont make it to the wwe this change could enable them to become successful elsewhere

  6. Adam says:

    Well said A_FAX..well said.

  7. cardcon1 says:

    i just read a reply by HHH on the WWE website, stating they ARE NOT CLOSING FCW! It was just an over zealous reporter trying to make a name for himself. According to the WWE they plan on ramping up the developmental division, NOT tear it down.

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