It’s Saturday and today we have ’This Week in Wrestling’, the 46th of 2021. Today Brian wonders about the long term future of NXT UK and shares all the best wrestling content from this week.
NXT UK 2.0 or 86’d?
With all the recent talent cuts and the re-branding of NXT to NXT 2.0, another WWE brand seems to be flying low under the radar. NXT UK which was the brain child of Triple H to globally expand the NXT brand with possible other locations in Japan, Australia and Mexico seems to be untouched. While those other locations have been scrapped, NXT UK remains in tact…for now. I can’t help but feel something is brewing and not necessarily for the better.
The NXT UK brand has some of the top international talents with names like Walter, A-Kid, Tyler Bate, Ilja Dragunov, Meiko Satomura, Blair Davenport and many more. While the talent on NXT UK programming continually put on excellent wrestling shows, one can’t help but wonder if Vince McMahon and company have any more use for the brand. Many of those wrestlers could easily transition to the main roster, but with Vince in control…I no longer have the confidence most can succeed without being given name and gimmick changes.
One wrestler in particular could be…in my view….a huge star and that wrestler is Walter. As we have seen by his record 870 day reign as NXT UK heavyweight champion and his hard hitting, five star matches…Walter has all the tools to be used as a monster on the main roster. The only thing that has kept him from real superstardom was his unwillingness to relocate to the United States. That has seemingly shifted a bit in recent months with Walter more open to wrestling more on U.S. soil. Imagine the type of matches he could have with the likes of Roman Reigns, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus, Big E…etc. Of course many would be fearful, that McMahon would give him some sort of dancing/singing gimmick and ruin him.
Regardless, here is hoping that NXT UK survives in the long term and all these questions become moot. It would be nice to see some of the NXT UK talent get opportunities on the main roster without being brought down by WWE’s sports entertainment outlook. NXT UK has been the very best show to watch in the WWE’s universe. Even though, it doesn’t nearly get the credit it so richly deserves.
Cody Rhodes deleted his Twitter account. Heel turn imminent. 😉
Check out this AWESOME Penta cake!
Damian Priest, Rhea Ripley and Matt Riddle celebrating the Rock’s 25th anniversary of his Survivor Series debut.
Congrats to the new Mr and Mrs Whole F’N Show! Rob Van Dam and Katie Forbes were married by former WWE Diva Candice Michelle.
Nice drawing of the Road Warriors.
Interesting tattoo choice. A combination of the Ultimate Warrior and George Costanza from Seinfeld.
The biggest babyface of them all!
Very cool custom made figures of Kevin Sullivan’s Army of Darkness
A great shot of Sasha Banks
The Boss’ daughter bustin’ out!
The former Miss Tessmacher aka Brooke Adams
Ms. Maria showing off after her motherhood
Cassie Lee and a towel.
A classic commercial featuring AWA legend Verne Gagne circa 1964.
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