Hi Paul here with my latest article.
I’m sat here after watching NXT War Games, as tradition with NXT takeovers before a WWE PPV the card was stacked, the crowd was hot and the matches delivered on all fronts.
In NXT history there has been 18 takeovers, obviously grown since the first one to the latest one however there is no denying it has already left a legacy already in pro wrestling.
With WWE showing signs of struggling with ratings, attendances to shows etc does NXT have the formula for WWEs future.
Point 1- Keeping big stars special
Granted comparing a 3 hour show of raw to 1 hour of NXT is like apples and oranges however it can not be denied, the big match feel is so much more special with the NXT brand, rivalries are built up with out sacrificing champions and challenges having in ring action before the big night, with raw being so long and the talent roster not at is biggest there is probably no choice sometimes to make the superstars interact on a TV showing before the PPV. Raw could learn from slowly building a rivalry and keeping the big fight feel.
Point 2- Jobbers and lower card being used
Yes this might not sound like a big deal but it can help in a good TV program of pro wrestling.
For example in Hulk Hogans day, would he have become the star if in every house show or TV program he fought Randy Savage, Ultimate Warrior or The Undertaker, weeks before a big match he probably wasn’t seen on TV or if he was he probably fight a jobber to Lower card talent. NXT programming does this well, big talents don’t appear every week and don’t tend to give away big matches on weekly programming often. With a bigger pool of lower cards and jobbers on main roster there no reason they cant do this on raw and smackdown, maybe not taking them off the show cause they need them to sell tickets but having upper cards and main events week in week out has made the product stale.
Point 3- Not affriad to try new things
Vince McMahon has the final say on everything that you see on Raw and Smackdown, even with writers and agents and talent have some ideas Vince will have the final say and sometimes that can restrict talent on what they can do. With NXT there is a feel there is a lot of chance for talent to show backstage and the performance centre what they can do and have a lot more input, we see a lot more different and out there gimmicks on there and it has proven to make stars, the prime example of this is the Velveteen Dream, when i first saw this i wasn’t sure but with a chance to feud on Tv with Aleister Black you get a chance to see the great mic and physiological work along with great in ring work.
Even though im a big fan of NXT im not saying its the best thing in the world and they get everything right, with more indie stars heading there and more of a PRO WRESTLING product being shown to be a big hit with the fans, why cant the main roster and front product your trying to push in fans and the bread and butter of your company take traits from this to try give fans a better product in the long run.
What do you enjoy about NXT and what you think the future of WWE is?
Im Paul Kindon and have a great day!