NXT Possibly Leaving Full Sail University, Cain Velasquez – Surgery
NXT might soon be leaving Florida's Full Sail University and hitting the road. Also, Cain Velasquez is weighing options to avoid surgery on his knee.
NXT Possibly Leaving Full Sail University In Early 2020
Since its inception, NXT has called Florida’s Full Sail University their home. That arena has produced some of the greatest matches on NXT TV and in the early days hosted Takeover cards. Now, there is a growing push for the yellow and black brand to hit the road.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, officials are looking at venues that hold around 5,000 seats; which is similar to the format that All Elite Wrestling (AEW) is following. The report continued how WWE has already reached out to several places about hosting NXT. No names of the locations were provided.
The earliest the possibility of taking NXT on road is likely January 2020. When WWE learned that AEW was going to be on Wednesday nights, they countered with NXT on the USA Network. Since everything moved so quickly, it just was not possible to make the accommodations needed to travel on the road.
Also, the report noted how Vince McMahon wanted to see how AEW did on TNT. With AEW getting the better of NXT during the first two weeks of the wrestling war, there is likely a greater push to put the brand on the road.
Cain Velasquez Holding Off On Surgery, Trying Stem Cell Treatment
Cain Velasquez is retired from MMA and now focusing on his wrestling career. He has signed a multi-year contract with WWE and will take on Brock Lesnar at Crown Jewel.
When Velasquez debuted on SmackDown, he was obviously wearing a knee brace. During the Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted how Velasquez is looking at stem cell treatments to avoid surgery.
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“He’s probably going to do stem cell therapy in Colombia and he’s hopeful that improves his knee so it doesn’t need surgery,” said Meltzer. “So, if that’s the case then he might not be out that long or may not be out. His knee definitely needs work right now in some form […] it’s bad. You know, Lesnar matches are a rough match. A lot rougher than the matches he’s been doing, but you know we’ll see about that.”
Velasquez and Lesnar have history that dates back about nine years ago in the UFC. At the time, Velasquez defeated Lesnar to win the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Now, they will battle October 31 for the WWE Championship at Crown Jewel out of Sadia Arabia.