NXT Going to an “Edgier” Product?!

A week ago WWE rebooted NXT into a colorful product known as NXT 2.0. It was a throwback to WWE programming of yesteryear with many comparing it to the classic WWF Superstars of the 80’s and early 90’s.

It was a 180 from the dark, edgy classic pro wrestling presentation of the black and gold brand. Different but fun.

Now comes word that NXT might be changing again! Into a more “edgier” product…pal.

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DOC’s Diagnosis: Blame Vince McMahon for NXT’s “Failure”

What “went wrong” with NXT? Vince McMahon is what went wrong with NXT.

Let me rephrase that, Vince McMahon caring about what other wrestling companies were doing is what went wrong with NXT. 

Let me expand on that for a minute.  Vince McMahon is on the record as saying the WWE’s competition is everywhere and anywhere.  God damn pal, WWE is an entrainment company not a rasslin’ company! But that’s not true at all.  They’re a wrestling company masquerading as an entertainment company.  They always were, always will be.

So back to the original premise, Vince McMahon caring about other WRESTLING promotions and not his own brands is what went wrong for NXT. 

When the WWF was at its best, arguably the Hulkamania and the Attitude era’s, they didn’t care what anyone else was doing.  McMahon and company were so laser focused on their own brand that they didn’t care or even acknowledge what the AWA, WCCW, NWA, WCW, or whomever else was doing.  Seriously, you could watch WWF TV and not know other promotions were out there. 

But what about when WWF acknowledged WCW and the nWo?!? 

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DOC’s DIAGNOSIS: WWE is Making the Right Move with NXT

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:

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WWE Cuts Continue, Focusing on NXT

Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp was the bearer of bad news to the WWE Universe on Friday night.

SRS unleashed a tweet storm of cuts that were made to WWE’s NXT brand. Some of the moves were so shocking that Sapp had to confirm that he wasn’t hacked. Oh and all of this occurred during the midst of SmackDown live on Fox.

Bobby Fish, Bronson Reed, Mercedes Martinez, and Leon Ruff are among the many cut that left a lot of fans shaking their heads.

Here’s the complete list:

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Velveteen Dream Comments on His WWE Release

The Velveteen Dream character is one of the more interesting, controversial characters to grace the pro wrestling world in some time. Rumors swirled for the past few years about the man playing the character, Patrick Clark. His absence from WWE NXT TV was the talk of the internet wrestling community and his subsequent release had the rumor mill churning.

Clark took to his Instagram to address his character, the allegations against him, and his release from WWE.

Via Patrick Clark Instagram
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WWE Confirms Return to the Road

WWE is following AEW’s lead and returning to the road. The sports entertainment giant will return live for SmackDown on July 16 from Houston. They will continue the mini-tour of Texas with Money in the Bank on July 18 from Fort Worth and Raw on July 19 from Dallas.

The events will serve as the kickoff of a 25 city tour according to WWE with additional dates being added in the future. WWE initial expected to return to live touring closer to the end of the summer but rumors were FOX was pressuring them to get back on the road quicker.

NXT Viewership Sees a Slight Gain Against NBA Play-In’s

WWE NXT saw a slight viewership gain this week against stiff competition from the NBA play-in tournament. NXT on USA drew 700,000 viewers a slight up uptick from last week according to ShowBuzz Daily. The NBA drew a massive 2.5 million from the same general audience.

NXT’s numbers have torpedoed since moving from Wednesday night to Tuesday night. The April 13 episode, the first on a Tuesday, drew 805,000 and there has been a drop since. The key demographic numbers have fallen as well from a peak of .22 to .15 in the 18-49 demo.

Report: WWE Looking to go Through the Forbidden Door, Working Relationship with NXT and MLW Rumored

Well this is certainly something. The Wrestling Observer (grain of salt) is reporting that WWE is looking to go through the “forbidden door” and cross-promote with another wrestling company that has TV, specifically MLW.

From the WON:

“We’ll see if this goes somewhere, but WWE doesn’t like the rep that it doesn’t work with anyone in the modern wrestling world. They are in talks with MLW and it’s along the lines of the old EVOLVE deal or to a degree the 90’s ECW deal. The idea is to get some of the developmental guys who aren’t working on NXT television some work.

Dave Meltzer, Wrestling Observer via Cageside Seats

MLW just recently announced that Fusion, their flagship TV program, would be shifting to VICE TV as part of a wrestling double-shot with Dark Side of the Ring. The idea of WWE not liking their image is certainly something to keep an eye on as well.