It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 32nd of 2021. Today Brian discusses the rumors of NXT changing back into a developmental territory again and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
What’s Next for NXT?
This past week, a number of NXT wrestlers were released from their WWE contracts. It fueled speculation that there are perhaps some major changes coming to the black and gold brand. Rumors are circulating that NXT will return to its roots and once again become a developmental system for WWE and the main roster of Raw and Smackdown. If this is true, it certainly is an end to a marvelous era for the brand.
Originally a reality competition show, it changed into a developmental territory replacing Florida Championship Wrestling in 2012. The promotion slowly transitioned into something a bit different starting in 2014 when Triple H began signing top independent stars like Adrian Neville (PAC), Sami Zayn (El Generico) and Kevin Owens (Kevin Steen). NXT became a popular alternative that focused on wrestling rather than sports entertainment. It’s popularity led to specials like NXT Arrival and Takeover and pushed established talent more so than developmental projects.
The changes proved to be extremely popular with fans seeking an alternative to Vince McMahon’s circus. It also led to Triple H to globally expand the NXT brand to the United Kingdom and with rumors that NXT would also expand to places like Japan, India and perhaps even Mexico. Then, AEW emerged and it became yet another alternative to WWE. With that, the pandemic hit globally and everything seemingly stopped dead in its tracks. Going head to head with AEW Dynamite with the so called “Wednesday Night War” did not do NXT any favors.
With ratings being split between the two shows and AEW usually getting the bigger piece of that, NXT was moved to a new night. Reportedly, the USA network which airs NXT programming, has not been happy with NXT as of late. Perhaps that is why McMahon stepped in and started “trimming the fat” so to speak by releasing a number of talents. There is no question that WWE needed another developmental territory since NXT became an actual brand. I never expected that NXT would revert back to being that again. Maybe the rumors are false and maybe the company is just going to tweak NXT a bit. If it does go back to being a developmental territory, what does that mean for NXT veterans like Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano and Kyle O’Reilly? Will they be called up to the main roster or be cut loose and released outright? Questions remain and while I would like to see WWE get back to a developmental system, I don’t want to see NXT be a casualty of that. I guess we all need to stay tuned.
What the fans and Triple H see as opposed to what it really is to Vince McMahon.
A South Park version of Papa Shango
“Black John Cena has been trending on social media…here’s why.
Where’s the lie?
The former Braun Strowman is absolutely shredded nowadays.
Lucha Libre invades Abbey Road
Lucha Royalty! 😉
Jimmy Havoc retired from pro wrestling and now works for a courier company in England.
Bray Wyatt shaved his beard….now THAT’S scary!
RIP to Beautiful Bobby Eaton
A cool drawing of Madusa
CJ Perry formerly known as Lana in WWE
Mandy Rose…so nice she is on here twice.
The Godfather with his number one Ho….errr I mean wife Denise. Married over 20 years!
A classic commercial for WWF Sunday Night Heat on MTV circa 2001
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