This is part I of a “Doc’s Diagnosis” triple feature on WWE’s NXT brand.
Vince McMahon and the WWE are making the right move with their “restructuring” of NXT whether you or I like it.
Let me slow it down on second, I love NXT. As a diehard ECW purist and a ROH original (before Sinclair), the NXT brand immediately produced the joy of those two brands brought me when watching a pro wrestling program. Because they were just that, pro wrestling.
And there lies the problem for Vince McMahon and WWE…they’re not a pro wrestling company. They haven’t been one since October 19, 1999. That’s the day the McMahon’s went public and became a full on entertainment brand.
So back to the original statement, Vince McMahon and the WWE are making the right move with the “restructuring” of NXT.
Why? Because they need to DEVELOP their own stars just like they did before.
Stop yelling at the screen! Yes, they did. Here are a few:
- Charlotte Flair
- Roman Reigns
- Seth Rollins
- Dean Ambrose
- Sami Zayn
- Kevin Owen
- Enzo and Cass
- Finn Balor as the Demon-persona
- Becky Lynch
- Sasha Banks
- Braun Strowman
- The Revival
I know the rebuttal, but a bunch of those guys/gals were on the indy circuit and had a following. Fair argument but they became POLISHED in the WWE way at NXT.
They DEVELOPED into WWE, WrestleMania main event level stars, in NXT.
None of the above named talent was at the level of an AJ Styles, the last person to jump from a major company and have an immediate impact in the WWE. That’s not being disrespectful it’s a fact.
That’s what the focus needs to be on moving forward. Find the talent similar to the list above and polish them into whatever a WWE superstar should be. WWE had the right idea, and the right people, with NXT but they went askew along the way. This move will, hopefully, get them back on track.
That leads us into part II of this triple-feature: What Went Wrong with NXT?!
Read it Wednesday 8:05P/E!