NXT heading back to reality

08/16/2021

NXT stands for the next generation of WWE stars groomed to be top superstars for the company. The television program was first broadcasted on the WWE Network and later switched to Wednesday nights on the USA Network. Once one hour, the show turned two hours with the guidance of Triple H. Many stars developed to become huge megastars, such as Seth Rollins, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, Kevin Owens, and Sami Zayn Shinsuke Nakamura, and many more. Let's not forget the women's division with Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Becky Lynch, and more. A program that superseded Florida Championship Wrestling blossomed known for its brand equivalent to Raw and Smackdown. NXT would later move to Tuesday nights on the USA Network while AEW conquered most of the audience on Wednesday nights.

In 2019, NXT took over the WWE by ambushing WWE Superstars at their vulnerable state. The majority of the WWE superstars remained in Saudi Arabia after their pay-per-view event. Triple H led the assault on both brands (Raw and Smackdown). It created turbulence in which history took its place at WWE Survivor Series on November 24, 2019. Lio Rush, Women's Team NXT, Roderick Strong, and Shayna Baszler were victorious in their triple threat matches that took the Gold to its new level. Only The Viking Raiders (Raw Tag Team Champions) and Men's Team Smackdown won their matches.

But somehow, people forgot the meaning of NXT. They are the only talent built on success for the WWE main roster. The misconception that many wrestling fans have is believing NXT is its brand. The NXT superstars were supposed to hit their peak and move to the main roster and allow new stars to become superstars.

However, there had been some discrepancy on how NXT superstars were called up to Raw and Smackdown. Here are the following names, not all, that were considered future stars but were released by the WWE:

Bo Dallas

Adrian Neville

Samoa Joe (released and then returned)

Andrade

Aleister Black

And many more...

The names above were NXT Champions, but others who did not hold the title were called up and released. Maybe the writers did not have anything for them. Not all superstars can be champions. However, we have all witnessed that the talent that left NXT to Raw or Smackdown were no longer "ruthless aggressive" in their matches or promos. Some were called up and never used. It is confusing what happens behind the scenes. But, it does seem that AEW has all the answers at this moment.

Many wrestling media sources have reported that the program will be taped after NXT Takeover 36 this Sunday. Many have expressed that the morale is not the same and that the era of NXT will fall. While it may seem that it is not a good sign for things to come for the NXT brand, keep in mind that the primary purpose for NXT is to build future superstars. And that is what I believe Vince McMahon is applying for the brand and reconstructing the future.