WWE Reportedly Considered Moving NXT TakeOver 36 To Las Vegas on SummerSlam 2021 Weekend
The company hoped to capitalise on wrestling fans in the area
WWE officials reportedly discussed the idea of moving NXT TakeOver 36 to Las Vegas, Nevada, in the hope of capitalising on the large gathering of wrestling fans in the city for SummerSlam 2021.
WWE will present SummerSlam on Saturday 21 August from the Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, with the show being followed by NXT TakeOver 36 from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida.
NXT, unlike WWE's main roster, is yet to return to any form of touring schedule after coming off the road as a result of COVID-19 but, according toDave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, conversations were held about making NXT Takeover 36 the first show outside of WWE's Performance Center since early last year.
The idea was to find an arena in las Vegas to show TakeOver 36 on Sunday night, in the hope that fans in the city for SummerSlam 2021 would stick around and watch the black-and-gold brand's performers.
With just over two weeks to go until WWE presents both shows, it is now highly unlikely that the plans will change and NXT TakeOver 36 will be shown from Orlando as scheduled.
A major issue WWE are finding with the current situation is that key individuals from NXT are required to be in Las Vegas in the week ahead of SummerSlam for the advertised WWE try-outs in the area, when they also need to be working on finalising the production of TakeOver 36. This means those officials will need to fly back and forth between Las Vegas and Orlando as required.