PRO WRESTLING: Well deserved promotions for WWE’s Sara Amato, Matt Bloom

WWE (NYSE: WWE) announced Matt Bloom has been promoted to Head Coach of WWE’s developmental system, NXT, and Sara Amato has been promoted to NXT’s Assistant Head Coach. Bloom previously held the position of Interim Head Coach and Amato was previously an Assistant Coach.

Bloom, a former WWE Superstar and Intercontinental Champion, made his WWE debut in 1999 as Prince Albert. After an eight-year stint in Japan, Bloom returned to WWE in 2012 as WWE Superstar Tensai. Bloom retired from in-ring action in 2014 and was named an NXT Assistant Coach, working at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, where he also spent time as a color commentator for NXT programming on WWE Network. He was named NXT’s Interim Head Coach in March 2015.

Amato joined WWE in 2012 after spending more than a decade working on the independent circuit as Sara Del Rey. Since then, she has been responsible for training, creating and developing some of the most athletic, charismatic and confident Divas, including current WWE Divas Paige, Summer Rae and Emma, as well as NXT’s Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch and Carmella. In addition to coaching at the WWE Performance Center, Amato will also work with WWE Superstars and Divas on the main roster as a producer and agent.

“I have the utmost confidence in Matt and Sara’s ability to train and lead the next generation of Superstars and Divas at the WWE Performance Center,” Paul Triple H Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, said in a release. “With each having more than 15 years of experience in the business, Matt and Sara will continue to be invaluable resources to our developmental system. The trust and respect that they have gained throughout the years by both our talent and training staff puts NXT in a great position for future success.”

Bloom said: “It is truly an honor to be named the Head Coach of NXT and play a key role in creating and developing the WWE Superstars and Divas of the future. I look forward to continuing my role in training and coaching the incredibly talented roster we have at the WWE Performance Center.”

Amato said: “This is a dream come true for me. I’m so proud to be given the opportunity to train and lead the aspiring talent at the WWE Performance Center as we continue to expand the NXT brand globally.”

NXT Superstars and Divas train at the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando. The 26,000 square-foot facility offers a full training experience with real time feedback from WWE coaches, trainers and doctors, giving performers the resources they need to develop their talent both athletically and creatively.

NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable

live on WWE Network

The NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable live special on the WWE Network is 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, May 20 from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.

The main event is a rematch of the prior NXT TakeOver live special with NXT champ Kevin Owens against Sami Zayn.

The NXT women’s title is also on the line as The Boss Sasha Banks defends the title against Becky Lynch.

NXT tag team champs Blake and Murphy battle Enzo Amore and Big Cass Colin Cassidy with Carmella.

Finn Bálor vs. Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze in an NXT Championship No.1 Contender's Triple Threat Match.

Bayley and Charlotte team against Emma and Dana Brooke.

Also, Rhyno vs. Baron Corbin.

The NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable pre-show is 7:30 p.m. with Corey Graves, Byron Saxton and Renee Young on WWE Network.

NXT on WWE Network

Catch NXT on WWE Network 8 p.m. EST Wednesdays and on-demand.

NXT on tour

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Visit for everything NXT and tour dates.

NXT in Fort Pierce

NXT returns to Fort Pierce at the Havert L. Fenn Center on June 5.

Tickets $10, $20. There will be a meet-n-greet before the show, which is included in the ticket price. First come, first served.

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