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