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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SportsBiz: AEW Dynamite Defeats WWE Raw in Key Demographic

The post-All Out edition of AEW Dynamite was a rousing success for AEW and TNT. As first reported by Wrestlenomics, AEW Dynamite drew 1.319 million viewers for last night’s broadcast on TNT. That is a MASSIVE increase from the previous episode which drew 1.047 million viewers.

The viewers are fantastic but what’s really trending well for AEW was another demographic rating success. It’s the demo ratings, in this case 18-to-49, that drives TV ad revenue and future TV deals. In this case they bested the incumbent pro wrestling sports entertainment competition WWE Monday Night Raw.

AEW Dynamite‘s 18-to-49 demo rating for Wednesday came in at 0.53 or 681,000 viewers a significant increase from the previous Wednesday, 0.38. Monday Night Raw was watched by 678,000 viewers in the same demographic. The top segment on Dynamite was the showdown between Bryan Danielson and AEW World Champion Kenny Omega. Over 1-million viewers stayed for this segment.

Gable Steveson Signs NIL with WWE

WWE has announced that it has “signed” Olympic Gold Medalist and college wrestling champion Gable Steveson. But the deal isn’t what most would expect. The deal is taking advantage of the NCAA’s new “Name, Image, Likeness (NIL)” rules and will allow the champion amateur wrestler to return to college and defend his title.

NIL deals have been all the rage but this is a first for a major company to hire an athlete and still allow them to compete as an amateur. WWE being an entertainment company most likely makes the deal possible but it will be interesting to see if other professional sports leagues, such as UFC or the big four, will follow suit.

More as it becomes available…

Report: Olympic Gold Medalist Gable Stevenson Signs with WWE

Talk about a Saturday news drop in the world of combat sports. Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Maltzer is reporting that Olympic gold medalist Gable Stevenson is off the market and he’s signed with WWE.

Stevenson, a NCAA National Champion, two-time All-American, two-time Big Ten champion at Minnesota, is a huge WWE fan and was present at SummerSlam in Las Vegas. The UFC was also pursing the services of Stevenson.

Gable Stevenson at WWE SummerSlam

WWE has not confirmed the signing.

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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3 Up 3 Down Pro Wrestling Edition: Trending Up

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings. Usually we here at inthefight.net save “3U3D” for the radio show or MMA but after the past week we need to start sprinkling some good ole fashion ‘rasslin’ into the mix!

Why now?

Well, unless you’re living under a rock you’re fully aware that live crowds have retuned to pro wrestling over the past few weeks. It’s been refreshing to say the least. No more bland and boring ThunderDome or Daily’s Place. Live people!

So without further ado here’s my “3 Up 3 Down” pro wrestling edition!

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AEW Outpacing WWE in NYC Ticket Sales

All Elite Wrestling’s New York City debut is already off to a fast start. According to WrestleTix (you should follow), AEW has sold approximately 8,500 pre-sale tickets for their September 22 show at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens.

The venue is current set for 16,500 fans with potential expansion to 19,000 if demand calls for it. It’s safe to say there’s a demand considering all the ringside and floor seats are gone.

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