This Week in Wrestling 2021 Week 36

Brian Damage

It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 36th of 2021. Today Brian examines the things that led to NXT changing formats and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.

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NXT Do Over

Next week, NXT will debut a new look and a completely revamped philosophy. The Triple H “Take Over” era which began in 2014 is seemingly over. From here on out, NXT will once again revert to being a developmental system for WWE and will be overseen by Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard. So, how did we get to this point?

1. AEW was formed

Piledriver: AEW brings Saturday TV wrestling back

One of the reason’s NXT became such a hot ticket in the first place, was because Triple H made sure NXT was completely different than RAW and Smackdown. It was a true alternative to WWE, which die hard fans craved. When All Elite Wrestling was formed in January of 2019, it became the true alternative to WWE and seemingly rendered NXT obsolete.

2. The Wednesday Night War

AEW To Feature More Out-Of-The-Ring Character Development

Piggybacking off the creation of AEW, was the mistake made to go head to head with AEW’s Dynamite on Wednesdays. The belief was that NXT would chew up a large portion of AEW’s audience. It was even in the ratings category for a bit with each show winning by slight margins week to week. Eventually though, AEW pulled ahead thanks to a more major league feel to its programming compared to NXT’s simplistic presentation.

3. The Pandemic

WWE, USA Network Re-Up Deal for NXT, Shift It to Tuesday Nights

Certainly, the global Covid-19 pandemic did nobody in wrestling any favors. It hurt every company across the board, but AEW started allowing wrestlers to act as fans in an otherwise empty arena first. The extras helped bring a bit of normalcy to their show which helped them in the long run.

4. Call Ups to the Main roster

WWE NXT Tag Team Titles Match Delayed After MSK Injury Angle On Tonight's  Show - Wrestling Inc.

We all know that many of the NXT call ups were mishandled on the main roster. While that is its own issue, the problem was many of the people replacing NXT stars just weren’t as entertaining to fans. Sure, many of the talents replacing the call ups were gifted athletically, they were just bland by comparison. Jake Atlas, MSK, Tyler Rust, Leon Ruff and Bronson Reed were tremendously talented, but were not the hot indie stars like Neville, Kevin Owens, Sami Zayn and Ricochet were.

5. The Undisputed Era Became Old and Tired

The faction of Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong were pushed heavily and featured prominently on NXT programming since 2017. They won every title and beat every other star for all those years. Eventually there really wasn’t anything left for the UE to do and they became stale as a team and as individuals.

6. Triple H Mistakes

While Triple H did a good job overall developing and cultivating NXT’s roster…he did make a few blunders. Two that immediately come to mind was doing absolutely nothing with wrestlers Taynara Conti and Deonna Purrazzo. These two women were signed to NXT deals and Triple H and his crew couldn’t find anything for them to do. They were both released and have since become stars with AEW and Impact Wrestling respectively.

Even though I truly loved NXT during the Triple H era, I am curious to see the new version of NXT starting next week. I am not crazy about the new logo with all the color splashes, but logos aside…I am hoping for a successful and entertaining rebirth.


Photo Gallery

Tony Khan collecting big named wrestlers as if they were Infinity stones…Are Bray Wyatt and Kevin Owens next?

An very moving drawing of the late Daffney

Pure Bliss!

A great pic of the new NWA worlds heavyweight champion…Trevor Murdoch.

Is Bray “fiending” to be ELITE?

For all of you Fresh Prince and NXT fans out there…

Awesome drawing of “Murder Grandpa” Minoru Suzuki

Sean Waltman looking shredded nowadays.

Bah Dum Tish!

A Papa Shango tattoo

Fantastic drawing of CM Punk

The former IIconic Billie Kay aka Jessica McKay when she first started wrestling and now…

Impact’s Jordynne Grace

Impact Wresting’s Tenille Dashwood

NWA women’s champ Kamille Brickhouse

AEW women’s champion Dr. Britt Baker


Video Gallery

An epic compilation of pro wrestlers starring in Japanese commercials…enjoy!


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12 thoughts on “This Week in Wrestling 2021 Week 36

    • Apparently literally. Sure it was mainly due to a genetic hearth issue passed down to him, but you can’t tell me all the stress brought on him, especially losing so much his carefully built up NXT talent that was took months to create but destroyed in a single night didn’t add to it, nor essentially losing his baby, NXT & all the plans he had with it. I’m hoping now he can sympathize with Paul Heyman or Cornette when the same thing happened to them. Differently feel for the guy and hope he makes a total & complete recovery.

      I know he’s WWE-lifer and all, but I wonder, I SERIOUSLY wonder now, if there isn’t an immense amount of bitterness & anger deep inside him that isn’t going to manifest into something that really will do McMahon in, be it Hunter starting his own company, joining AEW, or simply biding his time until Vince retires/dies & or forces a hostile takeover should Vince resist the urge to sell the company long enough for that to happen. You can’t tell me there’s not bitteress there. This’ll definitely lead to something.

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      • I think the E will only go to the chosen successors when Vince dies. And I’m wondering if he is starting to feel his age. I don’t religiously follow them, but it does seem in the past couple of years that Vince seems hellbent on putting his fingers into every piece of pie before he kicks off. Much to their detriment. I swear, if I was Vince I would taken my millions and retired long ago. Not like he is hard up for money.

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      • Right!? You definitely might be onto something about the way he seems to fanatically & obsessively micro-managing his company to death. There’s only so long when that kind of shit’s going to be tolerated, even if it is his company. I truly believe he’s slowly (maybe not so slowly) going senile, raging against the dying light rather than enjoy the last few years he has left. But then again he’s always been a workaholic, so he’ll never change.

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      • I had issues with HHH in the way he did things but… he didn’t deserve this and I really do feel bad for him. I do wonder what’s going to happen if he does leave Meekmahan-land before the place goes out of business if he realizes there is no future. I would prefer if he broke out of his own and make deals with other companies as a way to show that he’s not his father-in-law. I think what’s going to happen next is going to be interesting and we have to watch closely into what NXT is going to become and what HHH will do in the next phase in his life.

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      • Exactly. The next 5-10 years for Trips are going to be very interesting to see play out, as he’s forced to react to losing more & more power to Vince & Khan. I’m sincerely wondering, if Khan’s kept around that long, if he’s not going to be the one to either inherit Vince’s shares of the company or be the one to facilitate it’s sale, leaving Trips out in the cold.

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  1. I don’t wish Trips any ill-will but I don’t think there is anything that will ever make me feel bad for him. He lives a very purposeful life.

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  2. Imagine Than- I mean Tony Khan making half of a population of sports entertainers into dust. I feel bad for Triple H and hopefully NXT doesn’t get a dash of main roster ecosystem.

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  3. Ok my take on Vince well won’t be like by a lot but imo , I’m not go say it a good think but my take is Vince thought he was go get a ovw type company and stars ie Cena,Orten,Brock , Batista etc what he got was lot of hand picked Indy guys only ones who was pushed as such was triple favorite ie Owens , zayn and rude others made name else where where Vince wanted to make new n fresh talent molded in WWE stars the fact look at nxt roster half them are below 6ft and 200lb n lack any muscle is hard sell to Vince no matter how talented . Shawn , Eddie ,Chris Benoit , Chris Jechio cm punk , Daniel Bryan even Bret all had go through lot to prove themselfs and get over before he took them seriously . But lot the modern want push straight away or they grumble n bitch

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  4. Thanks you , I know my English let me down a bit on it so glad you could get what I was try say 🙂 what I did kinda forgot was look lot guys who did get push of some kind who been brought up Bray, Corbin , Roman ,Rusev all was WWE made guys in Vince’s eyes

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