“Diamond Mine” Vignette Airs During NXT – A new MMA-themed stable or program was teased during this week’s NXT episode.
A “Diamond Mine” vignette aired featuring male and female athletes training in a MMA setting. The promo display several phrases: “Thrive. Achieve. Succeed”; “Push Beyond.”; “Pressure Makes Diamonds.”; “Pressure Is Pleasure.”; “Train. Perform. Become.”; “Fight. Win. Repeat.”
The description for the vignette on YouTube says, “Pressure makes diamonds.”
The vignette ended with what may have been a sneak peek at a Diamond Mine title belt, and the official logo, which you can see above.
WWE has apparently had plans for Diamond Mine since at least December of last year as they filed to trademark the “Diamond Mine” name on December 30.
It’s interesting to note that the vignette shows athletes using bags with the Fusion X-Cel brand name on them. Fusion X-Cel is a fitness center based out of Ocoee, Florida, which teaches adult and kids MMA, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, fitness kickboxing, group fitness, and personal training. Ocoee is just about 20 minutes from Orlando, where the WWE Performance Center is located.
For what it’s worth, Fusion X-Cel also has a pro fight team with several MMA fighters under the brand – Ronoldo “Jacare” Souza, “Platinum” Mike Perry, Alex “Spartan” Nicholson, Alan “Nuguette” Patrick, Julien “J Smoove” Williams, Jorge Patino “Macaco”, Phil “Fresh Prince” Rowe, Rodolfo “Black Belt Hunter” Vieira, Jakob “Bubba” Scheffel, Rafael Souza, Ben “Killa B” Saunders, Cleveland McLean, Thiago “Bananinha” Belo, Lucas Alexander, Matt Ferraiolo, Angel Mercado, Joe “The Party” Penafiel, Rashaun Jackson, and Hannah Goldy.
Stay tuned for updates on Diamond Mine and what the program might consist of. The vignette was re-tweeted by Triple H, but he has not commented as of this writing.