Oh, those pesky dirt sheets are at it again.
This according to WWE, who made sure to quickly publish a story refuting online reports that it was closing down its developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
Sergio covered the original report, from the Wrestling Observer, while also picking up on multiple reports that surfaced online that the original reports of the promotion's demise had been greatly exaggerated.
Now, WWE itself has put out a story with quotes from Triple H, who is taking over developmental and has promised a "major overhaul" following WrestleMania 28, confirming the developmental system isn't going away any time soon. WWE also felt the need to take a shot at the Observer while breaking the news.
Monday night, an unreliable online news source published an erroneous report that WWE was shutting down operations of our developmental facility, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). In order to set the record straight, WWE.com interviewed WWE's Executive Vice President of Talent, Paul Levesque (also known as WWE Superstar Triple H) to address this issue.
"It is absolutely not true. FCW is not closing," Triple H said. "I don't know how the rumor started but I believe it's a situation where the ‘dirt sheets' want to believe they have the scoop on everything. 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."
Countless smarks who have doubted Dave Meltzer's credibility are no doubt rejoicing at this news and laughing at his expense but one must always remember the business we're in as it pertains to reporting news on anything related to the field. This is pro wrestling and everyone is trying to work you. Hell, the talent involved in actual matches sometimes "work themselves into a shoot," meaning they believe the work so much, they can no longer discern reality from fiction.
That's not to excuse any reporting errors but more to say that it's always dangerous to definitively report anything in pro wrestling.
Triple H went on to say that "shortly after WrestleMania, there will be a major announcement about our developmental system." He said it was being "revamped" but not shut down but refused to comment on a possible move from Florida. Which likely means FCW is getting a name change and a geographical relocation in the very near future. It makes sense to make Connecticut a new home, as it's closer to Creative and solves quite a few travel issues, but we'll have to stay tuned for an official announcement to find out.
In the meantime, let's get your thoughts on the news that FCW isn't going away and what the possible changes may be that Triple H is referring to.