CultureHead Magazine

Courtesy of WWE
Courtesy of WWE

NXT was once known as WWE’s developmental brand. However, the wrestlers signed to the “developmental” brand were veterans, some with decades of experience worldwide. With former rosters such as Shinsuke Nakamura, Io Shirai, Finn Balor, and Samoa Joe, you realize that this was nowhere near a developmental brand. This was a league of its own. And for years, NXT was the pinnacle of WWE wrestling.

The annual takeover shows were leagues better than the “main” shows’ own events. Upstaging their big brother brands, RAW and Smackdown, with better wrestling and better storylines. In 2019, NXT finally had a chance to stand on its own as it debuted on cable TV, finally cementing the brand as something more than just the “minor” leagues. There’s an issue. The WWE considers NXT the red-headed indy step-child. Whether or not talent called up to the leading brands succeed is a complete dice roll.

WWE Has No Love for NXT CultureHead Magazine
Courtesy of WWE

There are definitely NXT call-ups who have succeeded in the leading brands. Seth Rollins, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Charlotte Flair, to name a few. However, there are also call-ups who, on paper, should have never failed. Adrian Neville is an excellent example of this, someone with enough of a wow factor and wrestling ability that alone should have propelled them. Seeing his Red Arrow is well worth the price of admission. Yet, he floundered.

Triple H, who is in charge of NXT, has made statements on this misuse of talent. “…There are players that play in college football, and people can’t wait for them to get to the NFL. They get to the NFL, and it doesn’t work; it doesn’t pan out. And you can say, ‘Well, the team misused them or mismanaged them, or the coach for the team they played for didn’t put them in the right role, or do whatever.’ But it could be a million reasons.” 

Unlike football, there are no outside variables that would affect a wrestler. Therefore, no opposition can simply shut down a wrestler’s potential. The only thing that can do this is management themselves. Andrade Almas, Ricochet, Aleister Black are examples of wrestlers who shouldn’t be put in positions to fail. Their potential is unlimited, yet we see these wrestlers leaving the company or being lost in the mid-card with no clear direction. 

Karrion Kross is the latest example of this disregard for the NXT Talent. He is the current NXT Champion and has been undefeated. Just look at his debut with Scarlett.

Now, let’s compare Kross’ debut on Monday Night Raw.

The NXT Champion faces off against Jeff Hardy, only to lose in less than 3 minutes. We can acknowledge that Jeff Hardy is a veteran, a former WWE Heavyweight Champion. Jeff Hardy doesn’t need this victory. In fact, he doesn’t even need to be Karrion Kross’ opponent if he does. They are in complete control of this outcome. Instead of bringing legitimacy to an undefeated champion, they trivialize his accomplishment in record time.

They delegitimize the NXT roster who couldn’t defeat him. Instead of giving light to a new potential star, they shut him down, and they hurt only themselves in the process. These events have reportedly made the NXT roster feel as if Vince McMahon is sending them a message. And for whatever reason, this keeps happening; it’s definitely not good for business. It’s hurting NXT and therefore hurting the WWE’s own future.

More From CultureHead

Why We Recommend You Play Elden Ring

From Software has spent years developing what many gamers would call some of the most challenging games of all time. Dark Souls, Sekiro,

Click Here to read more

5 Best Studio Ghibli Movies

Studio Ghibli films have received critical acclaim not just in Japan but all over the world. Guided by Hayao Miyazaki’s unique artistic vision

Click Here to read more

The Coolest Indie Games Coming out in 2022

2021 was a good year for the indie gaming industry, and 2022 promises to be even better, with several interesting titles lined up

Click Here to read more

Unpacking: A Relaxing Puzzle Adventure About Moving Homes

The gameplay of Unpacking is relatively simple. At each level, you find yourself in a new location where you unpack a collection of

Click Here to read more

Teacup Review: A Wholesome Tea Party Experience

Meet Teacup, a shy young frog who loves to drink tea and read books. She’s planning on throwing a tea party for all

Click Here to read more

Marvel Mini-Series of 2021, Ranked

While Avengers: Endgame bade goodbye to Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man and Chris Evans’ Captain America, it ushered in a new era for

Click Here to read more

Superheroes of Color and Why We Need Ms. Marvel

Superheroes are supposed to protect innocent citizens, capture dangerous criminals, and in a nutshell, save the world. Unlike villains, they use their magical

Click Here to read more

New Anime Releases in 2022 We’re Looking Forward To

2022 promises to be a great year for anime fans, with the release of several much-awaited series, such as Cyberpunk: Edgerunners and the

Click Here to read more

What We Know About Marvel’s Upcoming Mini-Series Moon Knight

With a tentative release date of March 30, Moon Knight is slated to be the newest Marvel release in 2022, following the success

Click Here to read more

Slay The Spire: A Review

Slay the Spire is a unique video game that combines the best of rogue-like mechanics with deck-building card games. In Slay the Spire,

Click Here to read more