Following the March19th broadcast of World Wrestling Entertainment’s flagship television show, Monday Night Raw, a story was spread across the internet stating that WWE’s development territory, the Tampa-based Florida Championship Wrestling was the be closing in three weeks time.
The story also claimed that WWE had notified Bright House Networks, which aired its television show that it will no longer be doing business with Bright House. Although the Bright House story was true, FCW’s closing was not.
WWE’s Executive Vice President of Talent, Paul Levesque, also known by his ring name “Triple H” spoke to WWE.com on the rumors. Paul stated that the rumors are “…absolutely not true. FCW is not closing”.
Triple H on how the rumor started and how it spread like wildfire across the internet: “I don’t know how the rumor started but I believe it’s a situation where the ‘dirt sheets’ (Pro-wrestling news websites)want to believe they have the scoop on everything.
On how FCW is to be revamped: “If anything, we are in the process of ramping up our entire developmental system. It’s the lifeblood of our company. It’s what feeds our future and in no way are we going to close it down.” ….“WWE’s developmental system is being revamped, not shut down. If anything, it’s going to get bigger and better than ever. WWE Developmental cultivates the future talent of WWE. By no means is it going to get smaller or shut down.”
On if FCW is to relocate out of Tampa, and its TV tapings are to be held at: “There are plans in the works, but nothing definitive I can discuss right now,”… “Shortly after WrestleMania, there will be a major announcement about our developmental system.”
I happened to be one of the idiots who believed this to be true, especially after reading stories on Bleacher Report and other sites. When I started seeing people on Twitter responding, I read a Bleacher Report article and would later sent this tweet:
News of FCW’s closing was a slap in the face. Regardless of that, good luck to all involved.
If there was a better line of communication between wrestling organisations and online wrestling news writers, we wouldn’t be so quick to fall for a false story.