VIA WWE.COM. By. Bobby Melok
“The Arnold Sports Festival is one of, if not, the most popular international bodybuilding expo in the entire world,” NXT Diva Dana Brooke, who joined WWE from the fitness scene, explained. “[Fitness and sports-entertainment] go hand in hand, and the Arnold Sports Festival is a place where you can get the best knowledge and meet the best trainers, bodybuilders and athletes.”
For the first time ever, WWE will have a major presence at the Festival. On Saturday, March 7, and Sunday, March 8, fans can take part in the WWE Experience. There will be live matches featuring the Superstars and Divas of NXT, Q&A sessions with WWE Legends, and NXT autograph signings. Plus, hopeful WWE Superstars and Divas will see what it takes to earn a spot at the WWE Performance Center when they take part in live tryouts on the show floor. Brooke, who went through the grueling process herself, knows what the prospects are in for first-hand.
“It’s like a brutal beatdown, she told WWE.com. “You might think you’re used to working out and training, but there’s a different kind of stamina you need to have in the ring. I think they’re going to be shocked at what we do every single day.”
NXT’s Ohio invasion begins on Thursday, when they take over Columbus’ sold out LC Pavilion, where, in another first, NXT’s weekly show on WWE Network will be taped. With NXT Champion Kevin Owens, NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and NXT Tag Team Champions Blake & Murphy in the house, the WWE Universe is sure to be in for a fun-filled night.
On Friday, NXT heads to Cleveland for a second sold out Live Event at the Agora Theatre. That night, fans will get to see NXT Superstars like Finn Bálor, Hideo Itami, Adrian Neville, Charlotte, Bayley and more.
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