WWE Legend Mick Foley Brings ‘Cheap Pops’ to Full Sail Live

WWE Mick Foley Cheap Pops Full Sail Live
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WWE Legend Mick Foley is coming to Full Sail Live with ‘Cheap Pops’

Friday April 24, 2015

See “Mick Foley: Cheap Pops!” with special appearances by JR Jim Ross and more!!

Mick Foley, WWE champion, a hardcore legend, and WWE Hall of Fame Member, for one night only is bringing his one-man comedy show ‘Cheap Pops’ to Full Sail Live.

While his work in the WWE ring is impressive, he is also a five time self-penned New York Times best-sellers who has turned his writings into his one-man spoken-word stage show, “Tales From Wrestling Past.”

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Foley himself refers to “Tales From Wrestling Past” as “like being in the ring, without getting hurt” – a welcome distinction coming from a man who gave so much, to so many, for so long. 

Foley has wowed both crowds and critics alike with his unique stage show –  leading “Chortle”, the UK’s most respected comedy source to write “Foley himself is charm personified – eloquent, funny and self-effacing” and the decidedly non-wrestling publication “Broadway Baby” to muse, “if you’re interested at all in wrestling you’ll love it; if you’re not, you’ll like it.”

It’s important to know that this event is only for patrons 18 and older.

Tickets are STILL available for ‘Cheap Pops’ at Full Sail Live, and are General Admission for $25 (plus $1 fee) here.

I am a HUGE Mick Foley fan, both of his WWE fame and his books, and I can’t tell you how excited I am that he is coming to Orlando and how jealous that my husband Dave will be there!

Mick Foley: Cheap Pops!
Friday, April 24, 2015 7:00pm
Full Sail Live Venue
Winter Park, FL

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Calling All WWE Fans! Connor’s Cure Could Use Your Help!

Hello! My name is Shelley Caran, and I am not ashamed to say that I am a lifelong WWE fan.

Connor's Cure WWE NXT Takeover Shelley and Dave
Dave and I at WWE NXT at Full Sail University

I grew up watching wrestling (My Uncle Isadore almost jumped in a ring with Hulk Hogan…but that is another story for another time), I have argued intensely with my brother over our one Sargent Slaughter GI Joe Figure, and I did what Hulk Hogan told me to do (Train, Take your vitamins, Say your prayers, and Believe in yourself).

WWE Sergeant Slaughter Connor's Cure Bracelets
I **may** have sent this picture to my brother with the text ‘Guess who won in the end?’…

As I got older my husband and I bonded in college by watching WWE, and now we are raising a little girl who runs around the house singing The Mountie’s theme song (thank you WWE Network), and she tells everyone she wants to be Stephanie McMahon when she grows up.

WWE Stephanie McMahon Connor's Cure
Zoe in her Stephanie outfit for the Royal Rumble earlier this year.

There is an amazing moment that happens when you realize that someone you just met or know is a wrestling fan, too. It is almost as if there is this switch that is flipped, and all of sudden you find yourself talking about your favorite moment or memory.

That passion for being a fan is what brings us all together. We share laughter over funny moments, anger over matches where the ‘wrong’ wrestler won, sadness over those that are no longer with us, and there is no joy like the joy you get when someone shares your favorite tag team.

WWE NXT With Kids
Seriously, this is one of my favorite pictures of Zoe!!!

I have been extremely fortunate to meet several WWE and WWE NXT Superstars, and what always strikes me is that this passion is shared on both sides of the ring.

And now we as fans have an opportunity to put this passion towards a great cause!

When I first saw Connor Mason Michalek’s story, my heart broke and was full of joy at the same time as I watched so many people come together to help such a great little guy.

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Watching that short video I shed tears for Connor’s joy and with his father’s loss. The moments when Stephanie rolls up the sleeves on Connor’s sweatshirt and when Show looks over at him using his ‘Wrestlemania’ voice really hit home with me, because those are things we would all do.

Now you may ask what can we do as fans that will help? 

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Picture from wwe.com

In the WWE Shop, you will find a bracelet that benefits the great Connor’s Cure Fund that has been created by Paul “HHH” Levesque and Stephanie McMahon. The Connor’s Cure Fund will help do what Connor would have wanted, to save other children’s lives.

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Picture from wwe.com

100% of the Net Proceeds received by WWE from the sale of this bracelet will be given to THE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF PITTSBURGH FOUNDATION, for the benefit of THE CONNOR’S CURE FUND, One Children’s Hospital Drive, 4401 Penn Avenue Central Plant, Floor 3 Pittsburgh, PA 15224. Please note that the purchase of this item is not a tax deductible event.

Picture from @connorscure on Instagram
Picture from @connorscure on Instagram

On Instagram, Connor’s Fathers shared a picture and the backstory of the bracelets.

Brief backstory of the new Bracelets for #ConnorsCure. When Connor first found out he was seeing his “Queen of the WWE” again, he insisted he get her something. He decided on making her a beaded necklace, as he put it, something “pretty” for her. First the little guy asked me if his high School girl Erica would be mad at him, cause in Connors mind he and Erica were getting married soon as possible:)) when I assured him it would be ok, he sat down and started making Steph her bead necklace. It was a difficult project for him because after his brain surgeries he had trouble with fine motor skills. But the never give up boy fought through it, and made sure it was just the way he wanted. He also took the time to make bracelets for her daughters. Connor was so excited to give Steph her necklace. When Steph seen it her eyes gleamed with happiness. It was a Raw night and Steph as usual looked incredible. When she came out to the ring, she had taken off her beautiful jewelry she was wearing for t.v. and what did she have on, Connor’s bead necklace. She even took the time to rearrange the letters on the beads so you could see Connor put the letters I Love Stephanie on the necklace. Connor was ecstatic to see she was wearing his present to her. He was, and should of been, so proud of himself. It was not easy for him to make. And God knows how proud I was of him. Now, as Steph continues to show her love of kids and commitment to ConnorsCure, they now are making the beaded bracelet in Connors memory, with all profits going to fight cancer. As Connor said in beads, I Love You Stephanie!! In this picture you can see Steph on TV wearing Connor’s present:)

Connor's Cure Bracelet
From @StephMcMahon

I know that it’s the holidays and that we all have budgets, but $4.99 can really make a difference!

While I have had the amazing opportunity to work with WWE in the past, I want everyone to know that this post is in no way compensated or suggested to me by them. I just wanted to share this great story and opportunity to help a little boy that has passed away continue his dream to help others from one fan to another.

I have put my $4.99 where my mouth is and ordered my Connor’s Cure bracelet, and I hope that you order one soon, too!

You can find more information on Connor’s Cure by following them on Twitter, Instagram, and by visiting http://www.connorthecrusher.com


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GIVEAWAY: WWE SmackDown Coming to the Amway Center!

Amway Center WWE Smackdown July 22 2014

WWE SmackDown is coming to the Amway Center on July 22, 2014, and I am so stoked to share some of my favorite tips for attending and to host an awesome giveaway for a four (4) pack of tickets!!!

Last November RAW came to the Amway Center, we took Zoe to her first WWE RAW and I shared my Pick Six: Taking Kids to a live WWE Event so this time around I want to focus more on tips for the whole family!

1. Getting to know the Amway Center

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Photo: Amway Center from Instagram

We are so lucky to have the Amway Center in Orlando, and their site is full of great information!

Here are some items that are really helpful to know!

  • You can find a detailed listing of their bars and restaurants here.
  • Their Accessibility Guide is SUPER helpful!
  • The Amway Center offers guests reserved/pre-paid parking in the GEICO Garage (400 West South St.) and Church Street Garage (150 South Hughey Avenue), adjacent to the Amway Center. Reserved/pre-paid parking can be purchased through ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster charge-by-phone 800-745-3000 and/or the Amway Center Box Office during regular box office hours. Purchases must be made by 5 pm, the day prior to the event.
  • Find additional reserved/pre-paid parking for the new Amway Center on our Downtown Orlando interactive maps or our new iPhone and Android apps on the City of Orlando website. Also find event road closures and how to pre-pay for parking.

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  • Door opening times for the Amway Center vary according to each event. Guests may enter the arena one hour prior to the start time of each event, unless otherwise specifically noted. Guests may check door times in advance by calling 407.440.7900.
  • The show reserves the right to approve camera use at any time during and/or before the event and to prohibit the use of any camera that is deemed unacceptable. Cameras with a detachable lens, iPads and the use of flash photography are prohibited at all Amway Center events. Check amwaycenter.com or call the administration office at 407.440.7000 prior to the event for any camera policy updates. Camera policy is subject to change at any time at the show’s discretion.
  • The Amway Center is incredibly active on Social Media, so make sure that you give them a follow on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! They share great behind the scenes pictures, information, and host giveaways of their own!
  • There is even an Amway Center App!

Amway Center App

2. Where to sit

Do you want to be close to the action? Do you want to be close to the concourse in case you need to be close to restrooms and concessions? Is your sole focus budget? Are you looking for a unique experience?

Amway Center WWE Live Event RAW SmackDown

There is a seating option for every need and price point at the Amway Center for WWE SmackDown, and it is good to do a bit of homework to know where you want to sit and how much you want to spend on tickets.

Smackdown at the Amway Center Set-Up

Tickets for WWE SmackDown at the Amway Center are $15-$95 and are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling, and facility fee charges.

You can find more ticket information here.

3. WWE SmackDown Talent

Smackdown Talent Tease Amway Center

It is important to remember that the WWE SmackDown line-up is subject to change and there will be surprises!

But here is some of the WWE Superstars that are schedule to be at WWE SmackDown at the Amway Center on July 22, 2014.

  • Bray Wyatt and the Wyatt Family
  • Dean Ambrose
  • Seth Rollins
  • Roman Reigns
  • Kane 
  • Sheamus

4. Budget for the night

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The one thing that always catches us off guard when we attend things like this (or the circus) is how much we spend on extras like food and t-shirts at events!

To combat our food costs at events is to eat as closely as we can to the beginning of the event! WWE SmackDown at the Amway Center starts at 7:00 pm, so we will definitely be eating an early dinner!

We knew going in that we would all want a t-shirt to show our support for our favorite wrestler, so to get an idea of how much we would be spending we visited the WWE Shop online.

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Zoe in her latest WWE shirt! As you can see, she is a Paige fan!

5. To sign or not to sign that is the question…

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Some of the signs from WWE RAW at the Amway Center

We have never brought a sign to a WWE event, however plenty of people do!

Just make sure that you are considerate if you do decide to bring a sign! You don’t want to block people’s view!

Also, know that your sign will be looked at upon arrival at the Amway Center to make sure that it is appropriate.

6. Fun WWE Extras

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At WWE RAW at the Amway Center, WWE NXT Superstars and Divas were signing for free!

Before you get to the venue for your live WWE event, make sure you keep watch for things going on around the venue and an eye on the WWE Social Media Accounts (TwitterFacebook, & Tout) for fun extras that will be going on before the event!

Also, make sure you download the WWE App on your phone for some fun extras during WWE SmackDown, too!

And now for the fun part…We are giving away a Four (4) pack of tickets to see WWE Smackdown at the Amway Center on July 22, 2014!

Contest is open to Residents of the United States who are eighteen (18) years and older.  We will be giving away one (1) prize pack of Four (4) Tickets to see WWE SmackDown at the Amway Center July 22, 2014. Void where prohibited by law. We use Rafflecopter to choose one lucky winner at random, and each & every contest entry will be verified. The winner of our contest will be contacted by email (so be sure to double check your entry) and will have 48 hours to respond to the email or a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be responsible for picking up their tickets on the day of the show at the Amway Center’s Will Call with a valid photo ID. Parking at the Amway Center is not included in this contest. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Taking Kids to WWE NXT At Full Sail University

WWE NXT Takeover Full Sail Gobo

Going to a WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University is a great and affordable way for families who love the WWE to see some of the future talent and some of their favorite WWE Superstars and Divas that visit each taping.

WWE NXT Takeover Stage 2

But since there are several episodes recorded at each WWE NXT event, here are some of my best tips for taking Kids to WWE NXT.

Pick Six: Taking Kids to WWE NXT

at Full Sail University

WWE NXT With Kids

1. Introduce them to the Superstars and Divas of WWE NXT.

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Photo: WWE

You can find episodes of WWE NXT on the WWE Network, and since episode is less than an hour it is easy for everyone to sit through!

2. Follow WWE NXT on Facebook and Twitter.

WWE NXT

Following WWE NXT on Facebook and Twitter will get the heads up on show dates, details, and even special events!

3. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the Full Sail Live Venue.

WWE NXT Full Sail

The Full Sail Live Venue has two categories of seating for WWE NXT, General Admission and Gold Circle. For general admission you will be seated on bleachers, and for Gold Circle seating you will be on folded chairs around the ring and ramp.

Gold Circle sells out extremely fast, but there is no need to worry because the General Admission Seats are all great!

You can find a link to buy tickets for WWE NXT events here.

4. WWE Superstars and Diva visits to WWE NXT.

WWE NXT Wyatt Family

What is really awesome is that at each WWE NXT taping at Full Sail University, WWE Superstars and Divas will have matches.

The WWE Superstars and Divas are announced prior to the event, so watch for information so you can find out when your child’s favorite wrestler will be visiting.

5. Come prepared for a long taping with some of their favorite things.

WWE NXT Ring

When you attend a WWE NXT taping, be prepared for an outing that will last around 4 hours! You can bring your own beverages (sodas in cans and if you bring screw top bottles the caps must be removed) and snacks into the venue or you can purchase them there at a very reasonable rate.

Also the Full Sail Live venue has free WiFi, so in case of emergency break out the WWE App or Minecraft!!!

6. Before the WWE NXT tapings

WWE NXT

Doors open for WWE NXT Tapings at 5:45 for a 6:30 show, and there are several places to eat around the Full Sail Live Venue or there are various local Food Trucks there for you to try.

Make sure that you follow WWE NXT on Facebook and Twitterbecause there will sometimes be opportunities to meet and greet with your favore WWE Superstars and Divas.

Parking at Full Sail can sometimes be difficult, so make sure you arrive on the earlier side so you won’t stress about parking.

NXT Takeover Poster

A bonus tip is that the WWE NXT tapings have grown to include Live Events that are taped at Full Sail University which are a lot of fun! The last Live Event was Takeover and it was amazing!

 

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WWE NXT Takeover Overview

NXT Takeover Poster

NXT Takeover – May 29, 2014 – Overview

NXT Takeover, the second live special to be shown on the WWE Network, is coming to Full Sail University on May 29, 2014, and I couldn’t be more excited!

I expect the show to be taken to the next level after the success of the first NXT Special ArRIVAL on the WWE Network where the show had 21 worldwide Twitter trends and was ranked 3rd in overall social mentions for primetime programs on both cable and broadcast with more social mentions than American Idol, the Vikings premiere on History Channel, college basketball on ESPN, and Vampire Diaries on CW.

WWE NXT Takeover NXT ArRIVAL

On Wednesday, May 28, at 10:00 pm EST, the NXT Takeover Preview on the WWE Network will take an in-depth look at the rivalries behind the matches with Renee Young.

During this preview, viewers will also be able to watch exclusive interviews with WWE Hall of Famers Bret “Hit Man” Hart and “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, as they prepare to be ringside for the NXT Women’s Championship Match between Natalya and Charlotte. I am really excited to hear these two WWE Legends talk about their families past, present, and future!

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NXT Takeover Preshow begins at 7:30 pm EST on May 29th, as Renee Young and a panel of experts including Christian, Paul Heyman, and Cesaro who will be analyzing each match of the night ahead. You never know what you can expect, so I hoping that there are some special guests that will be joining them!

WWE NXT Takeover Stage 1

At 8:00 p.m. EST/5:00 p.m. PST, NXT Takeover begins, and it is sure to be a night packed full of action and great matches.

Speaking of matches, let’s look at what is lined up for NXT Takeover!

NXT Championship Match – Adrian Neville (c) vs. Tyson Kidd

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Photo: WWE

I am going to admit that I am EXTREMELY biased on this match, because I am huge fan of the Man That Gravity Forgot Adrian Neville.

WWE NXT Takeover Adrian Neville Flying

Tyson Kidd, the last graduate of the legendary Hart Dungeon, arrived on the NXT scene and has been gaining wins to help propel him to Takeover the NXT Championship from Adrian Neville.

But even with momentum on his side, Tyson Kidd is going to have a battle on his hands as Adrian Neville is a highly efficient wrestler both on the ground and in the air with his signature finisher he calls the ‘Red Arrow’ (corkscrew shooting star press).

WWE NXT Takeover Adrian Neville

I expect this match to be a ‘slobberknocker’ (thank you JR for the perfect term) full of action and memorable moments.

I am hoping that Neville keeps the NXT Championship, but a loss could set up an amazing rivalry!

NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Finals – Natalya vs. Charlotte

NXT Takeover Charlotte Natalya
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Natalya and Charlotte both come from legendary WWE families, and the intensity of their match is sure to be taken to a new level as family members will be in their corner during this NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Final.

The Flair and Hart families have always had an on and off screen rivalry, so seeing these ladies continue in their family’s legacies is exciting.

WWE NXT Takeover Natalya

Natalya, a third generation WWE Wrestler who’s father is Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhartand uncle is Bret Hart who will be accompanying her to the ring, is sure to be tasked with carrying a large majority of this match. Natalya is, again in my opinion, the backbone of the WWE Divas as she is a solid wrestler with her feet firmly on the ground and eyes towards her future.

WWE NXT Takeover Charlotte and Flair

Charlotte, daughter of WWE Legend Ric Flair who will be in her corner of the ring, is an extremely talented gal who’s star is definitely on the rise. With strong mic skills, an athletic and gymnastic competitor, and will to win Charlotte is going to be a worthy opponent.

WWE NXT Takeover Ric Flair

Natalya has a lot to gain from helping Charlotte not only win this match, but to help her emerge as a shining diamond among the growing field of NXT Divas. I think that Charlotte takes the NXT Women’s Championship belt, but Natalya wins bigger as she firmly takes a grasp on her role within the WWE.

NXT Tag Team Championship Match – The Ascension (c) vs. El Local and Kalisto

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The Ascension has brought a new level of competitiveness that can’t be matched to NXT since they won the Tag Team Championship in October 2013.

The team’s gothic theme plays well, and Konnor and Viktor work extremely well together as a team because their skills and strengths compliment each other well and they always hit a great rhythm in the ring.

Conversely, El Local and Kalisto are a new Tag Team that seem to be confidently putting one toe in the ocean against this NXT powerhouse team. Individually, these two have a lot to offer and watching them put their skills together and grow as a team will be fun.

WWE NXT Takeover The Acenscion

I don’t think that El Local and Kalisto stand much of a chance against The Ascension, but I do think that the match will give some insight as to where the NXT Tag Team Championship may go in the future.

#1 Contender Match – Sami Zayn vs. Tyler Breeze

NXT Takeover Zayn Breeze
Photo: WWE

WHY DO YOU DO THIS TO ME??? How can I possibly choose in a match between Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze!!!

Sami Zayn is a powerhouse of a wrestler, who because of his size and build is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Sami Zayn is electric in the ring with a vast repertoire of moves, likeable personality, and strong will to perform to the next level even when he has outdone himself in a match.

You can never count Sami Zayn out, because you don’t know where he will strike from next as he is as fast and deliberate on the ground and accurate when he is jumping from the post.

Tyler Breeze, the self-proclaimed King of Selfies, who’s gimmick has a tendency to overshadow his aggressive and athletic feats in the ring is a great match for Sami Zayn.

WWE NXT Takeover Tyler Breeze

Tyler Breeze, again not a big guy, thrives in matches that are fast paced however when he can slow down and grapple his athleticism shines through.

In a battle of these two fan favorites, we all win! Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are two great competitors who have a knack for drawing audiences into their matches, so this match is sure to have people chanting and screaming the whole time. I can’t wait!

Adam Rose vs. Camacho

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Photo: WWE

Camacho may have skipped out on his last match with Adam Rose, but the Exotic Express is chugging along and heading right towards him!

Camacho has stumbled a little since parting from Hunico, but his rage and aggression play to his advantage as they are in stark contrast to Adam Rose. He’s a solid wrestler, but he needs to own his anger and let that propel his confidence in the ring. I hope that the crowd really gets involved during this match, as it helps him move the match along with a new fire.

Adam Rose brings back a sense of fun that has been noticeably absent from the WWE for quite some time, but the difference is that he can back up his act with solid performances instead of slapstick.

WWE NXT Takeover Adam Rose

Adam Rose comes to the ring with an infectious entrance and charismatic personality, but once the bell rings he isn’t there to party he is there to win. Adam Rose is an extremely strong and solid wrestler who performs with intensity and aggression.

I think that Adam Rose is going to execute a solid match to ‘Choo Choo’ right over Camacho to help solidify his role of being more than a party animal and gimmick.

If you were lucky enough to grab a ticket to NXT Takeover, there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind.

 

Tips for Attending NXT Takeover at Full Sail University

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  • Arrive at the Full Sail Live Venue early!!! There will be a lot of traffic going in and out of the Full Sail Live Venue with more television equipment and stages than usual, so you can expect parking to take a bit longer. I like to drive down to the end of the rows to find a space, because you can usually score a closer spot that way.
  • There will be a ‘Block Party’ outside of the Full Sail Live Venue, so the normal entrance off of University Park Drive (Near McDonalds and Ale House) will be closed so you will want to use the entrance off of 436 (South Semoran Blvd) near Winghouse and Chili’s. There will be signage to help direct you on how to enter the area to park.
  • NXT Takeover Preshow is held outside of the Full Sail Live Venue on campus, and if you aren’t close to the stage you don’t have to worry because there is a huge screen and sound system so you won’t miss a thing!

WWE NXT Takeover Stage 2

  • At the ‘Block Party’ surrounding the Preshow Stage, you will be able to find WWE & NXT merchandise, food, and other offerings from vendors.
  • Make sure you know what you can and cannot bring with you into the facility, because you will have to go through bag check. If you are bringing in a poster, they are going to take a look at it to make sure it isn’t obscene. You are allowed to bring in outside food and drink, however if your drink has a screw top you will be asked to throw away the cap.

WWE NXT Takeover Shelley and Dave

  • The Picture and Video Policy at NXT is strictly enforced by ushers. Photos of the event are permitted, but video is prohibited. If you are caught taking video, you will have to delete it and will be asked to leave. It’s no joke, so don’t even try!
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Photo: WWE

Don’t forget to tune into the WWE Network to catch NXT Takeover with the Preview show on May 28th at 10:00 pm EST, the Preshow on May 29th at 7:30 pm EST, and for the matches of NXT Takeover on May 29th at 8:00 pm EST!

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WWE Performance Center Hosts Team Florida In Unified Training Day

 WWE Performance Center Hosts Special Olympics Team Florida In Unified Training Day

WWE Performance Center

The WWE Performance Center played host as WWE Superstar Xavier Woods, WWE Diva Eva Marie, and NXT Superstars got the opportunity to train with some Special Olympics athletes from Team Florida, and we were honored to be able to follow them on their exciting day!

WWE Performance Center

WWE is a Founding Partner of the 2014 Speical Olympics USA Games to be held in New Jersey from June 14-21, 2014. The 2014 Special Olympics USA Games will have nearly 3,500 athletes competing in 16 Olympic-style team and individual sports with the support of coaches, volunteers, and anticipated 70,000 spectators! The The 2014 USA Games will celebrate the Special Olympics movement, promote the ideals of acceptance and inclusion through sport and showcase the abilities of athletes with intellectual disabilities.

128 athletes from Team Florida will be traveling to the 2014 Special Olympics USA Games to represent the Sunshine State, and will be competing in aquatics (swimming), basketball, bocce, bowling, cycling, golf, powerlifting, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

WWE Performance Center

The five Team Florida athletes were first greeted by WWE & NXT Superstars and Divas, and started their day with a behind-the-scenes look at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center where the WWE & NXT athletes train.

WWE Performance Center

Alongside WWE Performance Center trainers and WWE & NXT Superstars and Divas, the Team Florida members had a unified training session. They completed several circuits of workouts, and it was amazing to see their determination!

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

After their workout, they were treated for two matches from NXT Superstars!

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

  Adam Rose and Corey Graves then took some questions from the Team Florida Athletes.

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

The day wouldn’t be complete without lots of well wishes for their upcoming competition.

WWE Performance Center

The entire experience was an absolute joy! Watching these athletes working together was great, and I hope that you enjoy a look at what I experienced.

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For more information about Special Olympics of Florida, please visit https://specialolympicsflorida.org. To keep up with the latest at the WWE Performance Center, make sure you check out their Facebook Page. Make sure you are following our adventures on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook!

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WWE Superstars For Kids Charity Auction

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Now through April 8th the WWE is hosting the WWE Superstars for Kids Charity Auction benefitting Drew Brees’s Brees Dream Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs.  The auction features many unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars, celebrity entertainers, and international sports stars.

Some examples of what you can bid on in the

WWE Superstars for Kids auctions are:

  • Enjoy Lunch with WWE Legend Shawn Michaels & Receive a Backstage Tour of Monday Night Raw!
  • Serve as a brief case bearer for one of the 2014 Money in the Bank briefcase winners at the first WWE live event after Money in the Bank.
  • Bid to win the Ultimate Drew Brees New Orleans Saints home game package!
  • Enjoy lunch with celebrity Charlie Sheen on the set of his hit FX television series, Anger Management!

And many more.

For more information on the WWE Superstars for Kids auctions you can contact CharityBuzz at info@charitybuzz.com or (212) 243 3900.

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WWE App Review

WWE App

Are you a huge WWE fan and can’t stand to spend a minute away from all the action? Look no further than the WWE App. Available for both iOS and Android platforms, this app puts you the fan in charge. With breaking news, highlights from Raw, Smackdown, WWE PPV’s and the soon to come WWE Network you’ll never miss a beat of the action.

One of the coolest things in my opinion about the WWE App itself is that when any of the WWE televised events go to commercial break, you can continue to watch the match going on live when you switch over to the app. No longer do you have to worry about missing when your TV screen fades to black. Best of all, the WWE App let’s you in on exclusive backstage content that you won’t be able to see anywhere else.

Another great thing about the WWE app is the superstar profiles. Each of your favorite WWE Superstars from present and past are located on the app and on each of their bio pages their entrance music as well as tons of photo and video content from some of their greatest matches. It’s truly unbelievable how expansive the WWE library is. You can even relive classic matches like Andre the Giant vs. Hulk Hogan, all at your fingertips.

 

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 Arguably one of the best things about the app is the fact that the WWE has now given power back to its fans the WWE Universe. Often times during shows such as Raw and Smackdown, fans will be given the change to vote on the matches they want to see, making the show very interactive. For me as a lifelong fan, there’s truly nothing better than getting to influence a match because you know it’s what you and millions of other wrestling fans out there want to see.

 

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All in all, the WWE app is a must have for any wrestling fan whether you’re a lifelong fan or just getting into wrestling for the first time. Be sure to download the WWE App in the App Store of your iOS device or the apps section of Google Play on your Android device. Also be sure to check out the brand new WWE Network, WWE’s new 24/7 HD programming network available for purchase through the WWE App on 2/24/14 for $9.99 a month.

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WWE Live Orlando: A First Timer’s View

Recently, I attended my first WWE event at the Amway Center in Orlando. Maybe I should start at the beginning with my journey into the wrestling world. I never really watched wrestling growing up, and have to admit I always thought it was kind of stupid. Granted, this is coming from someone who watched General Hospital religiously for 18 years before giving it up, so my opinion might be slightly skewed. Of course I was peripherally aware of names like Hulk Hogan, Sgt. Slaughter, Rowdy Roddy Piper, Jake the Snake Roberts, Andre the Giant and several others, but I never once in my life watched wrestling … that is until July of 2010.

It was my acquaintance Tom’s birthday (he’s one of those guys, like Harry from “When Harry Met Sally,” who doesn’t think men and women can be friends), where the party was going to be wrestling themed that I got my first introduction to WWE. I’ve been “ruined” ever since. Our friend Scarlett mentioned her favorite wrestler was Randy Orton, Tom’s was CM Punk, a few others voiced their opinions, but I decided to wait to see the guys before I chose a favorite. Eventually, my attention was brought to the tv and on screen was Randy Orton, The Viper, The Apex Predator. I was immediately captivated.

Here we are a little over three and a half years later and I’ve spent countless hours watching WWE wrestling events, pay per views, even bought Randy Orton’s dvd, Evolution of a Predator. I have been given shirts, action figures, souvenir cups, but now it was time to attend my first real live WWE event where I’d see my favorite wrestler in person!

I really didn’t know what to expect other than some of the lineup thanks to the WWE app. The stage is setup similarly to how it looks on tv for Raw or Smackdown, but on a bit smaller scale since there are no cameras. The ring appeared smaller in person than I expected even though I was in some pretty sweet seats in the first section off the floor. I liked that I didn’t know all the wrestlers that were going to be there so there were some surprise elements, which I’ve come to expect in some capacity from the tv shows. The thing I think that was the biggest difference aside from there not being commentators, was the lack of talking from the wrestlers. I am used to the smacktalk between the competitors or promoters or whomever shows up and grabs a mic, and I have to say I kind of missed it.

I would love to go back to another WWE Live event to see some of my other favorites that were at another event that night. It was still fantastic to see Randy Orton, John Cena, Kane, the Big Show and many others up close and in person. I’d highly recommend checking out a live event if they come to a town near year. Or, if you’re here in the area, check out the NXT facilities and tapings at Full Sail University. I hope I can catch a live taping of Raw when they come back this summer. In the meantime, at least I have a few pictures of Randy and some others to tide me over. 😉

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Have you ever been to a WWE event? It is so much fun to see these athletes entertain in person! Their acrobatic stunts and feats of strength are even more incredible up close. If you get a chance make sure to catch the next WWE event in your area or even on tv! Let me know, was your favorite wrestler there?

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Our Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Staycation

We had the opportunity to have a really fun ‘staycation’ the weekend before Christmas together experiencing all great amenities and food that the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress has to offer, and it was an amazing visit.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Located in the Lake Buena Vista area, the newly renovated Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is one mile away from the Walt Disney World Resort, however as the centerpiece of the 1,500-acre Grand Cypress Resort you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks.

When you first walk into the 18-story atrium lobby and are greeted by Merlot, the resident macaw, you know that you are in a really special place.

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Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress

The rooms at Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress are spacious at 360 square feet, and feature comfortable Hyatt Grand Beds, great amenities, and views you will love waking up to every morning!

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We had a Pool View which was absolutely beautiful, and by night we were able to watch to fireworks at both Epcot and the Magic Kingdom every night without having to leave our room!

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 Here’s a detailed look at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Room Amenities:

  • Separate work desk          
  • Hairdryer
  • Iron / ironing board
  • Coffee maker (Featuring Starbucks Coffee)
  • Cable / satellite TV channels
  • iHome™ alarm clock radio
  • Jack pack adaptor panel for multimedia plug n’ play
  • Voicemail
  • High-speed Internet access
  • Large, flat-screen television
  • Individual air conditioning control
  • Ceiling fans
  • Video checkout
  • In-room safe
  • Safety deposit box behind front desk
  • Mini-Fridge
  • Crib upon request
  • Maximum guests per room: 4
  • Chaise lounge
  • Spa toiletries

If you are looking for great food, you will definitely find it at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress!

We had an a wonderful dinner at Cascade American Bistro!

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The restaurant setting is beautiful, the food was delicious, and the service was outstanding.

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I cannot recommend Cascade highly enough, especially their signature S’mores dessert! It was heaven in a Mason Jar!

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When we were relaxing by the gorgeous pool, we also took advantage of the pool-side service from the On the Rocks Poolside Lounge.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress My margarita was perfect and the Tri-Color Tortilla Chip trio was tasty with generous portions of each dip. The queso and guacamole were amazing!

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And in the lobby, Perks was a great place to grab a cup of Starbucks and pastry in the morning and as it transformed to Trellises Lounge in the evening it was a great place to grab a quick bite!

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We even ordered in-room dining one night, and it was a great way to relax after a busy day at the resort! With so many (even vegetarian) menu options, we found that we had a hard time deciding what we wanted to order! The in-room menu is extremely affordable and convenient, and something that we would definitely experience again!

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However, the star for us during our stay at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress was the outdoor amenities and recreation options we were able to enjoy as a family!

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There is an affordable extra Resort Services Program charge at the resort, and with that guests get access to 

  • Health Club Open 24 Hours
  • Rock Climbing Walls
  • 9 Hole, Par 3 Pitch N’ Putt
  • Water sports: Canoe, Paddle Boat, Hydro Bike, Aquacycle, Sailboat, and Kayak
  • Bikes: Adult’s, Children’s, and Surreys
  • Golf Driving Range
  • Court Time at the Tennis Racquet Club
  • Daily Scheduled Shuttle Transportation to Walt Disney World Theme Parks,
  • Universal Studios/ Islands of Adventure and SeaWorld-Be sure to pick up your
  • boarding pass from our Lobby Concierge.
  • Wired and Wireless Internet
  • Free Local and Toll Free Telephone Service  

Zoe wanted to do something on her own, so she participated in Camp Hyatt for the day and had a blast!

Camp Hyatt is an interactive program exclusively for our guests ages 3-12. Our activities focus on the flora, fauna and culture of this unique part of the Sunshine State and includes a Fish Feeding Frenzy, Arcade Challenges, Boats and Bikes, Rock Climbing, Kids Crafts, Marshmallow Roasts, Scavenger Hunts, Short Chef Creations, Video Games and Pool and Beach Games.

Zoe wants to go back to the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress JUST to go back to Camp Hyatt!!!

We had such an awesome time exploring the resort as a family! We took our first family bike ride after Dave’s knee replacement surgery, played games, and played on the beach together.

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We had so much fun, that we never left the resort!

Here are some of our favorite Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress Outdoor Activities:

Boating

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A white sandy beach runs along Lake Windsong where you will find canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, sailboats, a volleyball court, and much more.

Boating Hours: 8:00am – return by 5:30pm

Boating Rules: 18 & older for sailboats. 13 & older to be alone on the water in all other craft.

Anyone under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age.

Pool, Water Slides, and More

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Pool Water Slide Hours: 9:00 am– 5:30pm

Rules: There is a minimum 44 inch height requirement for the pool water slide. Life jacket required for children between 44-48 in.

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Water Jet Pad Hours: 8:00am – 10:00pm

Poolside Recreation Desk and Pool Towel Service

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You can stop here for daily activity information, slide wristbands, pool towels, floats, sunscreen that you may have forgotten, and more!

Daily Hours: 8:00am – 5:30pm

Pool Towels are available outside of the On The Rocks bar after operating hours with your resort room key.

Biking

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Bicycles for all ages are available including family bikes, bikes with training wheels and adult bikes with child seats. Enjoy 9.2 miles of jogging and biking trails throughout the Grand Cypress Resort.

Hours: 8:00am – return by 5:30 pm

Rules: 13 & older to go biking alone. At least 18 years of age to drive a Surrey Bike. Anyone under 13 must

be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age. Anyone younger than 16 must wear a helmet.

Pitch N’ Putt

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Visit our scenic par 3 executive course on Lake Windsong. Complimentary club rentals are available.

Hours: 8:00am– return by 5:30pm

Rules: 13 & younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at least 18 years of age.

Rock Climbing Challenge

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Come climb the towers at the Grand Cypress! Lanes are available for all skill levels.

Hours: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Rules: Minimum/Maximum height and weight requirements vary. See attendant for more

information. Closed toe/heel shoes are required.

Fire Pit

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Located on the beach! S’mores Kits are available for purchase in the Palm Cafe, Trellises, or through Room Service for $10.

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Available Thursday thru Sunday at Dusk. Weather permitting.

You will also find tons of great ways to have some quiet time while you are enjoying the great outdoors!

At the pool there is a large grotto area full of super comfy chairs.

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Then on the beach there are designated quiet areas and hammocks that you won’t ever want to leave!

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The grounds of the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress are lush, and full of amazing sculptures and statues. I had a really relaxing walk around the resort. It was so nice to steal a few moments for myself!

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We had an absolutely amazing and wonderful staycation at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, and if you are looking for a family experience to plus your visit to the Orlando Theme Parks I would absolutely recommend staying at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress!

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Disclaimer: Through a partnership with the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, I received accommodations and a meal at the Resort. All opinions are my own.

 

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Pick Six: Taking Kids To A Live WWE Event

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Having the opportunity to attend a live WWE event is really exciting for fans, but when WWE RAW came to the Amway Center we decided to take Zoe for her first live WWE Event!

This was the her first time going to a live WWE event of this scale, and there were some things that we prepared for as a family before arriving at the Amway Center and some things that happened during WWE RAW that we didn’t quite expect.

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For our Pick Six, I thought I would look at the six key things we did to help make sure that Zoe had a great time!

1. Getting to know the WWE Universe

I should start this post off by saying that we watch a LOT of WWE in our house!!! We have Monday Night dinners around watching WWE RAW with friends, we watch WWE Main Event and Smackdown, and even attend WWE NXT tapings at Full Sail.

However since a majority of the shows are on so late, we DVR them to watch together later as a family. That way if Zoe has any questions or if things get too intense we can take a break to talk about things.

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It’s good to know the entrances of the WWE Superstars, because there are a lot that include Pyro which can be startling if you aren’t expecting it.

We tend to talk a lot about our favorite WWE Superstars (she LOVES John Cena, Fandango and Summer Rae, and AJ Lee), and when we don’t have all the answers about them we visit their Bios on WWE.com for some extra fun!

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2. Choosing the right seats for YOU

There are so many different seating options at the Amway Center at so many price points, that it is important to do your homework about what you think you will want to be close to without breaking the bank.

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Do you want to be close to the action? Do you want to be close to the concourse in case you need to be close to restrooms and concessions? Is your sole focus budget? Are you looking for a unique experience?

We knew that we wanted seats that would allow us to be close to the action while not having too many stairs, and that is when the virtual tour of the Amway Center came in handy, and I absolutely suggest looking for resources like that when you are researching the venue.

3. Arriving at the venue

With WWE RAW starting at 7:30 pm we tried to make our day as normal as possible, but at the same time changed up a few things since we knew that we would be out so late.

Usually Zoe will come home and play before doing her homework, but on that night we gave her a snack and worked with her to get her right away to get her homework done.

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Outside of the Amway Center before WWE RAW.

We decided to head down to the Amway Center early to have dinner at the Magic Grill, which turned out to be one of the best decisions we made for the night!

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The Magic Grill is located on the corner of the Amway Center and opens a few hours before events, and it is great food at reasonable prices that is a great way to start getting your children adjusted to the excitement that surrounded WWE RAW.

4. Preparing for emotions…Is he really hurt?

While we talk to Zoe a lot about how while the action she would be seeing would be absolutely real, that the WWE Superstars were trained well and sometimes played up how ‘hurt’ they really were for the sake of show.

This was a sticky subject, because we didn’t want to ruin how ‘real’ the WWE Universe is to her while making sure she wasn’t fearful for her favorite Superstar’s well-being yet still acknowledging that it is a physical arena where injuries do happen.

We did have a moment during the John Cena/Damien Sandow match where the action got a little too intense for her, so we made sure to assure her that if John Cena was absolutely hurt that they would end the match and we also used it as a teachable moment to talk about how we deal with our emotions when we are scared and a little overwhelmed.

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Zoe needed a little extra love when her favorite John Cena was having an intense match.

5. During WWE RAW

During the WWE RAW event, we knew that sitting for such a long period of time would be hard for Zoe so we tried to combat that as much as possible without having to leave the venue too often.

One thing we did was to take a few smaller breaks during matches or commercial breaks where we used the facilities, picked up some merchandise, and a quick snack.

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Another thing that we made sure that we did was to let her stand up to cheer and dance as much as she needed/wanted to do as long as it was appropriate to what was going on around her.

We were pleasantly surprised with how little we left the venue, because she was completely engaged with what was going on around her.

And honestly, how could you not be totally engaged when this was what was going on around you!!!

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6. Being realistic about bedtimes

The biggest thing that we prepared for before going to see WWE RAW was just how long of a night attending a taping would be!

While WWE RAW is a live event that concludes around 11:00 pm, make sure you factor in extra time for walking to your car when you are looking at how long your children will need to be awake.

We started letting Zoe stay up a little later each night for a week, and we also had a super low key day before we arrived at the Amway Center.

Overall she did a great job knowing her limits, and she totally surprised us when she walked over to a couch in the box and fell asleep!

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BONUS: Fun WWE Extras at live events

Before you get to the venue for your live WWE event, make sure you keep watch for things going on around the venue and an eye on the WWE Social Media Accounts (Twitter, Facebook, & Tout) for fun extras that will be going on before the event!

At the WWE RAW at the Amway Center, the WWE NXT Superstars and their belts were signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. It was so much fun and a great bonus to our evening!

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The WWE NXT Superstars and their belts! This was a huge highlight of our night!
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Zoe and her absolute favorite Emma!!!!

Also, make sure you download the WWE App on your phone for some fun extras, too!

I hope that these six ideas help you and your children have an amazing time at a live WWE event!!!

I would love to hear how you help your children be prepared for new experiences!

If you want more WWE coverage, we’ve posted a ton of great pictures on our Facebook page, make sure that you check out our WWE NXT posts, coverage of the new WWE Performance Center, and my experience at an Orlando Be a STAR Rally!

Disclaimer: Through a partnership WWE and the Amway Center, I received tickets to attend WWE RAW at the Amway Center. All thoughts, opinions, and fangirl moments are my own.

 

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Be a STAR Rally At Lake Nona Middle School

Yesterday I had the chance to attend a Be a STAR rally at Lake Nona Middle School, and to say it was a moving experience would be an understatement!

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Be a STAR (Show Tolerance And Respect) was founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE in April 2011 to help take action against bullying! Be a STAR has also created a partnership with 58 alliance members, including National Education Association Health Information Network (NEA HIN), GLAAD, STOMP Out Bullying, The Ad Council and the United Federation of Teachers all working together to get the message out!

The mission of Be a STAR is to ensure a positive and equitable social environment for everyone regardless of age, race, religion or sexual orientation through grassroots efforts beginning with education and awareness. Be a STAR promotes positive methods of social interaction and encourages people to treat others as equals and with respect because everyone is a star in their own right.

What is truly amazing is that since it’s launch of the Be a STAR website over 30,000 people from all 50 US states and from 91 countries have taken the pledge to put an end bullying!

In addition to a free anti-bullying curriculum for teachers created by NEA HIN and True Educator, Inc., online resources for parents to help their children deal with bullying, and local Be a STAR chapters in schools and communities, two to three times a month WWE Superstars and Divas visit communities with celebrities and local officials to reinforce the Be a STAR message at rallies!

And these Be a STAR rallies truly drive home the message that everyone can do something to help put an end to bullying!

Yesterday it was an honor to watch as WWE Superstar Sheamus, WWE Diva Summer Rae, and NXT Superstar Xavier Woods addressed hundreds of 6th grade students at Lake Nona Middle School.

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WWE Superstar Sheamus, WWE Diva Summer Rae, and NXT Superstar Xavier Woods

The atmosphere of the rally was pretty awesome! Kids who were relieved to hear that they weren’t alone and had no reason to be ashamed of the bullying they had experienced, WWE talent that opened their hearts to share their own experiences, and a Lake Nona Middle School faculty and staff committed to making sure that their students had every tool they could give them to make sure that they were successful in a healthy learning environment.

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NXT Superstar Xavier Woods

As Xavier Woods spoke about the different kinds of bullying, it was eye-opening to see how many of these children had been affected by cyber-bullying…even on Instagram.

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WWE Diva Summer Rae

Summer Rae shared how she felt when she was teased about being ‘too skinny’ while her friends were bystanders who would just watch it happen instead of speaking up out of fear. She also reinforced to the audience that while she plays a not-so-nice character in the ring, that she does not think that is the right way to treat others and that they should act like the person Summer Rae and not her on-air persona.

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WWE Superstar Sheamus

Then Sheamus took to the podium with cheers that were heard clear across town! Sheamus really hit home that even at his size, he was often bullied. Sheamus also spoke about not blaming yourself for being a target of bullies, and that through understanding and action we can all help put an end to bullying.

And among chants of Don’t be a bully, be a STAR the rally was over.

It was really nice to overhear the students talking about what they had just experienced and things they personally wanted to change as I waited for my chance to talk to Sheamus, Summer Rae, and Xavier Woods.

This was Summer Rae’s first Be a STAR rally, and she was really excited to have the opportunity to participate and make a difference!

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It was an important message for us today that speaking up and not being a bystander is very, very important! When kids are a bystander and say ‘I didn’t see it so I wasn’t a bully’, it’s helping show that it’s just as bad.

Xavier Woods really got the crowd pumped up and ready to hear his experiences when he was cyber bullied.

I did well in school, studied all the time, I was into comic books and video games, and I was the definition of a nerd. And people called me that in a derogatory sense, and so I think that the biggest thing for me besides the cyber-bullying was just completely cutting people off, blocking them, deleting messages, and ignoring them completely was being okay with myself. So once I accepted this is me, this is who I am, I don’t care what anybody thinks that was the last thing I had to get over before I was done with bullying.

Sheamus is a Be a STAR veteran, and I wanted to know if any of the children had ever reached out to him after speaking at a Be a STAR rally.

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It happens all the time. I get a lot of tweets from kids who have realized they were being bullies and why and now they’ve stopped and even kids who found the courage to speak up and help. They tell me stories and send me pictures.. They tell me how they felt hearing that even I have been bullied, and it is just wonderful knowing that I have helped make a difference to hopefully stop bullying.

People often ask my why I am such a huge WWE fan who wants to share my enthusiasm, and quite honestly this is a big reason why. The WWE has shown a dedication to help end bullying through education, resources, and reinforcement from the WWE Superstars and Divas who truly speak from their heart to these children!

I am also asking you to please help to spread the Be a STAR message! Find them on Facebook & Twitter, take action & the pledge to Be a STAR, and help make our communities and schools a better place!

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WWE RAW At The Amway Center

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Finally! WWE Raw has come back to Orlando!!!

WWE Monday Night Raw returns to Orlando for the first time in three years visiting the Amway Center on October 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale September 14 at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $15.

WHAT:          WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW

WHEN:          MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013 | 7:30 P.M.

WHERE:       AMWAY CENTER | ORLANDO, FLORIDA

ON SALE:     SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 2013 | 10 A.M.

See your favorite WWE Superstars live including:

  • WWE Champion Randy Orton
  • Heavyweight Champion Alberto del Rio
  • WWE COO Triple H
  • Intercontinental Champion Curtis Axel & Paul Heyman
  • United States Champion Dean Ambrose of The Shield
  • Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Roman Reigns of The Shield
  • Daniel Bryan
  • CM Punk
  • The Big Show
  • Mark Henry

Many more of your favorites will be added.  Card is subject to change. Visit http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw for more information.

TICKETS$15$25, $35, $50 & $95 – Buy tickets at amwaycenter.com, Chase Box Office  Amway Center box office, Ticketmaster retail locations, charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000 or at Ticketmaster.com.  All dates, act(s) and ticket prices are subject to change without notice.  All tickets are subject to applicable taxes, service, handling and facility fee charges.  For Amway Center box office and ticket information, visit amwaycenter.com (phone purchases are not available through the Amway Center box office).  The Amway Center is located at 400 West Church Street and the box office is located on the north side of the Amway Center, near the intersection of Church Street and Hughey Avenue. 

ABOUT AMWAY CENTER

The Orlando Magic served as the developer of the Amway Center, which hosts major national events, concerts and family shows.  Opened in the fall of 2010, the facility is owned and operated by the City of Orlando on behalf of the Central Florida community. The Amway Center was designed to reflect the character of the community, meet the goals of the users and build on the legacy of sports and entertainment in Orlando. The building’s exterior features a modern blend of glass and metal materials, along with ever-changing graphics via a monumental wall along one facade. A 180-foot tall tower serves as a beacon amid the downtown skyline. The 875,000 square foot, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certified building features a sustainable, environmentally-friendly design and unmatched technology, including 1,100 digital monitors, the tallest high-definition video board in an NBA venue and multiple premium amenities available to all patrons in the building. Amway Center was recently honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal’s 2012 Sports Facility of the Year. For more information about the Amway Center, visit www.amwaycenter.com.

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WWE NXT Seating Options At Full Sail

The next WWE NXT Full Sail taping takes place on August 22nd, and once again we’ll be there live to share all of the exciting action with you.

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This picture of the WWE NXT set up in the Full Sail Live venue was take from General Admission section.

However, before we do that one of the things we’d like to share with you if you are deciding to attend is your options for seating. While there are only two types of seating at the arena itself, it is very important that you pick seating option which is right for you as your experience could depend on it.

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Here is a look at the seating diagram for Full Sail Live for WWE NXT tapings. The General Admission seating are located in the black areas, the gold areas are gold circle seats, and the grey areas are the ramp to and the ring itself.

The first type of seating which you can purchase for just $10 is what is known as GA or (General Admission) seating.  These seats that line the walls of the arena not only provide an excellent view of the ring but the entrance ramp as well. One thing we should mention about these seats is that they are bleacher style seating so you will want to make sure that you arrive early to the Full Sail Live venue so that you can grab the seat of your choice. Also, make sure that you’re comfortable with sitting for long periods of time as many of the tapings can last up to four hours in length.

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This was our view from General Admission Section 101. It was a great view of Sheamus & Luke Harper!

The second type of seating that you can purchase, which are my own personal favorite, are what is known as “Gold Circle” seating. For $15 you can purchase these tickets that not only give you access to ringside seating, but also give you the ability to pick your seat before even entering the arena itself so you won’t have to worry about arriving early to grab a seat. The true advantage of purchasing these types of seats is that they are both comfortable and extremely close to the action. The only real decision you have to make is whether you want to sit ringside or entrance side. I have found the entrance side to be the best choice for me not only because you get to be on TV, but because it gives you the best view of the superstars themselves and they love to interact with you as they make their way down to enter the ring.

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This was our view of the ramp from Gold Circle Seating in Section 105. This is Bray Wyatt  #FollowTheBuzzards

For more information on how you can attend a WWE NXT Taping please be sure to visit their ticketing website which will show you a complete seating chart of the Full Sail Live Arena.

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Also, be sure to join us at the next Full Sail taping featuring WWE Superstar Mark Henry and many more of your NXT favorites.

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WWE Performance Center Grand Opening

WWE Performance Center Grand Opening

Last Thursday the WWE celebrated the grand opening of it’s new state-of-the-art training facility in Orlando, the WWE Performance Center. 26,000 square feet in size, the WWE Performance Center is not only one of the largest facilities of its kind, but it’s also currently the only facility of its kind.

 WWE Performance Center

Filled with seven training rings, world-class strength and conditioning programs, and a cutting-edge edit and production facility, the WWE Performance Center is sure to become a home away from home for many of the WWE’s superstars of the future.

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center 

During the grand opening, we were fortunate enough to be able to take a tour of the facility lead by Paul Levesque (Triple H) and his wife Stephanie McMahon. Needless to say we were more than impressed. The WWE spared no expense when it came to building the facility spending just over 3.5 million dollars to put in some of the most advanced equipment in the sports entertainment industry today.

 WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

One thing that particularly caught our attention was the promo room along with editing and production suites that the NXT Superstars had available to them.

 WWE Performance Center

One of the things that seem to be getting better year after year is the WWE’s production value and the variety of talent they are able to bring forward. Broadcasting in full HD across the globe in over 150 countries, the WWE certainly knows how to keep their fans coming back on a weekly basis. Now, with the WWE Performance Center readily available to developmental talent, they will finally have a place where they can work on their craft through character development, promo cutting, and on-camera performances all in one place.

 WWE Performance Center

Not only will it be simple for the talent to use, but they will also have the opportunity to send their works in progress over to the WWE headquarters for review by executives of the WWE with a simple touch of a button, something that could not be done before. This will not only aid the NXT talent in perfecting their on-screen personas, but it will almost make scouting future talent for the WWE much easier as the executives can look in live to the performance center at any time.

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Just as important as it is for these superstars of the future to be able develop themselves as a character, it is also of great importance that they remain in peak physical condition as the business can be very physically demanding. With a 5,500 square foot strength and conditioning room and one of the best-in-class sports medicine facilities, not only will the talent have access to full-time athletic trainers and physical therapists when training, but they will also have some of the most cutting edge strength and conditioning equipment right at their fingertips. This will help to ensure that the athletes are not only remaining in peak condition, but it will also help to prevent many possible future in-ring injuries.

 WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

As Paul Levesque said during the event “Talent is the WWE’s only natural resource and without it we have absolutely nothing.” The opening of this training facility is not only a tremendous milestone for the company, but it also solidifies the WWE’s commitment to providing top-notch superstars for years to come.

WWE Performance Center

 WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

As a big wrestling fan myself, I could not be any happier with the direction the WWE is going with it’s NXT developmental brand as it expands by leaps and bounds and I greatly look forward to see what type of talent this facility will be able to produce in the future.

WWE Performance Center

WWE Performance Center

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