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WWE NXT appears outside Southeast for the first time in conjunction with Triple H's Hall of Fame induction

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From its roots as Florida Championship Wrestling, the current incarnation of the show representing WWE's Developmental program has only booked shows in the Southeast United States.

That will change this Spring, as NXT heads to Columbus, Ohio for a show on March 5th.

Unfortunately, this doesn't look to be the start of an initiative that will see NXT as a nationwide promotion that will "compete" with Raw and Smackdown.

The Columbus show will be part of a WWE Experience exhibition at The Arnold Classic taking place March 5th through the 8th in the Ohio capital.  The Classic serves as the host of some Arnold Schwarzenegger-branded competitions and fitness industry trade show.

If the name sounds familiar, it's probably because the Classic is host to the 2015 International Sports Hall of Fame ceremony, where on Saturday the 7th, WWE Executive and NXT pater familias Paul "Triple H" Levesque will be inducted into that body.  So it's a big weekend for The Game, receiving an honor associated with a Hollywood and bodybuilding legend like Arnold and getting to show off his baby.

Don't give up hope for this to be an expansion of NXT's brand, though.  The LC Pavilion holds more than 2,000 fans, so it will be a much larger venue than Full Sail Live where NXT tapes.  That and the distance from their Winter Park/Orlando home can both be used as test balloons for a larger roll out down the line.

Tickets go on sale January 23rd at Ticketmaster.  Here's the link to the venue's page at their site.

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