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 Posted: Wed Jul 27th, 2022 09:13 pm
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I did wonder if there are already signs that there is a shift back to the old NXT; they're ditching the Wendy Choo slumberland gimmick.

Nice closing of a circle to the Alundra Blayze dumping the title in the bin by bringing Caitlyn Jenner to impersonate her getting the women's title back out of it.



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kargol wrote: I did wonder if there are already signs that there is a shift back to the old NXT; they're ditching the Wendy Choo slumberland gimmick.

Nice closing of a circle to the Alundra Blayze dumping the title in the bin by bringing Caitlyn Jenner to impersonate her getting the women's title back out of it.

NXT 2.0 is the only wrestling show that's ever been available to me on cable TV that I've ever stopped watching because of how awful it is.  I will give it a shot again next week and see if HHH has improved it even a little bit.



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srossi wrote: kargol wrote: I did wonder if there are already signs that there is a shift back to the old NXT; they're ditching the Wendy Choo slumberland gimmick.

Nice closing of a circle to the Alundra Blayze dumping the title in the bin by bringing Caitlyn Jenner to impersonate her getting the women's title back out of it.

NXT 2.0 is the only wrestling show that's ever been available to me on cable TV that I've ever stopped watching because of how awful it is.  I will give it a shot again next week and see if HHH has improved it even a little bit.
Let me know. First time  I watched  was the PPV where Walter lost, thought it was great and then tuned in to the next week and it was the worst shit I've ever seen in my life (as, I'm nearly sure, you predicted).

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Very decent match between Andre Chase (who is the most improved wrestler this year) and Giovanni Vinci. The dynamics of the face having ringside help were not really right but they didn't interfere and the chick suits Daisy Dukes.



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Shawn Michaals was on a podcast where he too full responsibility for the failures of NXT 2.0. He said it was him fully running the show after HHH left, not Vince or Prichard, and if anyone didn't like it they should blame him. He said they were in a tough position but did the best they could and although much of the talent was green he thought they were improving. It sounded like a eulogy of sorts even though I haven't noticed a big change, but HHH is obviously back and will have more say now in getting NXT back on track.



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The principle of having a true developmental brand, featuring wrestlers who are rookies or not long past rookie status, is actually sound. The problem was killing NXT as we knew it to create NXT 2.0.

These inexperienced wrestlers should be on a show that airs on WWE Network, call it WWE Future or WWE LVL UP or whatever, giving them exposure without putting them a national TV forum well before they’re ready.

Then keep the black and gold NXT, if only to give fans something different from the main WWE product and keep all that talent from going to AEW. As a trainer alone, Regal should have been kept on. What a terrible loss.

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The beauty of NXT was it was the fans' little secret, the thing that was under the radar and could tell a genuine fan from a casual. Trying to turn it into a third brand ruined what made it special. Bit like ECW.



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So they got Paul Heyman to read the narration and run down the matches at the top of NXT Heatwave, which instantly made the show seem more important.  Heatwave is of course biting the old ECW PPV name. 



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The Dexter Lumis angle continued on NXT tonight as he apparently passed along a message that said “Index Forever” to Indie Hartwell. So that part of his back-story has not been dropped.



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I saw this Zoey Stark come out for her title match against Mandy Rose.   Maybe I haven't paid enough attention or maybe because I saw a special about it recently, but Stark to me resembles Aileen Wuornos, the killer portrayed by Charlize Theron in the film "Monster".    I don't think the similar hairstyle was intentional.

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WTF? On NXT UK, they’re many weeks behind having a tournament to crown a new NXT UK champion after Ilja Dragunov had to vacate due to injury. So at the end of NXT tonight, Tyler Bate comes out with the NXT UK title to confront NXT champion Bron Breakker. How about a spoiler alert? I’ve never seen WWE fuck up their continuity that badly. The tournament is still in the first round!



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srossi wrote: WTF? On NXT UK, they’re many weeks behind having a tournament to crown a new NXT UK champion after Ilja Dragunov had to vacate due to injury. So at the end of NXT tonight, Tyler Bate comes out with the NXT UK title to confront NXT champion Bron Breakker. How about a spoiler alert? I’ve never seen WWE fuck up their continuity that badly. The tournament is still in the first round!

The rumors are that NXT UK is likely done. I think a lot of this has to do with UK employment law, and WWE may have screwed up with the contracts which would make it very difficult to get rid of some guys just to replace them with others. Soccer players get released when their contracts expire all the time, so maybe there was an issue with the wording, and the contracts are now permanent. I say this because I don't think NXT UK has ever released anyone. They fired a few people after the #SpeakOut deal, but everyone else has stayed, some going months without ever being used. If they close down the whole operation, then they can easily close the contracts, albeit they will have to pay everyone off, likely at 3-6 months of their pay, depending on how long they have been there. If NXT UK is a separate legal entity from WWE, they may be able to have it go out of business, then the government will pay the money, although they won't get as much and will have to jump through some unemployment hoops and any money they get paid from anywhere else for the next six months would be deducted and they could end up with nothing.

The last set of NXT UK tapings was cancelled because the studio was being used for the presenters for the soccer highlights show. No replacement date has been announced yet. NXT UK hasn't returned to arenas since everything reopened, which is a long time ago now in England. There is likely going to be a "premium live event" on the same weekend as All Out (possibly even head to head since Clash at the Castle is the day before) which will be NXT vs NXT UK with the titles being unified and everyone that is being kept on will move to Florida.

At a complete guess, they don't want to announce the closing of NXT UK yet since they don't want any bad will leading into Clash at the Castle.

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Kriss wrote: srossi wrote: WTF? On NXT UK, they’re many weeks behind having a tournament to crown a new NXT UK champion after Ilja Dragunov had to vacate due to injury. So at the end of NXT tonight, Tyler Bate comes out with the NXT UK title to confront NXT champion Bron Breakker. How about a spoiler alert? I’ve never seen WWE fuck up their continuity that badly. The tournament is still in the first round!

The rumors are that NXT UK is likely done. I think a lot of this has to do with UK employment law, and WWE may have screwed up with the contracts which would make it very difficult to get rid of some guys just to replace them with others. Soccer players get released when their contracts expire all the time, so maybe there was an issue with the wording, and the contracts are now permanent. I say this because I don't think NXT UK has ever released anyone. They fired a few people after the #SpeakOut deal, but everyone else has stayed, some going months without ever being used. If they close down the whole operation, then they can easily close the contracts, albeit they will have to pay everyone off, likely at 3-6 months of their pay, depending on how long they have been there. If NXT UK is a separate legal entity from WWE, they may be able to have it go out of business, then the government will pay the money, although they won't get as much and will have to jump through some unemployment hoops and any money they get paid from anywhere else for the next six months would be deducted and they could end up with nothing.

The last set of NXT UK tapings was cancelled because the studio was being used for the presenters for the soccer highlights show. No replacement date has been announced yet. NXT UK hasn't returned to arenas since everything reopened, which is a long time ago now in England. There is likely going to be a "premium live event" on the same weekend as All Out (possibly even head to head since Clash at the Castle is the day before) which will be NXT vs NXT UK with the titles being unified and everyone that is being kept on will move to Florida.

At a complete guess, they don't want to announce the closing of NXT UK yet since they don't want any bad will leading into Clash at the Castle.

This has been long suspected, but it really sucks.  NXT UK has been so good since Day One.  I wonder what kind of viewership it got on Peacock/WWE Network.  It's impossible to say.  Some incredible talents will be lost in the shuffle and never see the light of day on American television again.  It's already starting to happen with all the NXT 2.0 crossovers that take away limited TV time from the UK guys. 

Ilja Dragunov is without a doubt my favorite wrestler of the past 2 years.  Absolutely no one combines the fantastic matches with the emotion, passion, and ability to sell and make you feel it like he does.  Even his promos, which are not good by any traditional measure, are so strong in drawing you in and wanting to see this guy pull off an upset.  And I have no idea where he can go from here.  I think he would be lost anywhere else in the WWE system or even in AEW.  That's the worst part of all this.  And now he's hurt for the end.



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Hello NXT Europe

Fox News.com

WWE has its sights set on a larger international market in the coming year.

The NXT brand is set to grow even more come 2023 with the creation of NXT Europe. According to the company on Thursday, NXT Europe will "reimagine the brand and talent pipeline" with a renewed focus on Europe.

NXT UK, the company’s initial foray into Europe which launched in December 2016, will go on hiatus for a few months. WWE will run the premium live event Worlds Collide featuring the current crop of NXT and NXT UK superstars. Tyler Bate, the NXT UK champion, confronted NXT champion Bron Breakker at NXT Heatwave earlier this week while Gallus came out and ambushed Diamond Mine.

NXT UK will take part in a World's Collide event, according to Shawn Michaels.  NXT UK will then take a hiatus in advance of the launch of NXT Europe.
"So some of it, like everything with the WWE and NXT, that pipeline is always fluid. It’s going to be one of those situations where we’re going to have a lot of representation going into Worlds Collide," Michaels told Fox News Digital. "It’s what NXT has always been and that is to be a pipeline for the WWE in support of RAW and SmackDown. That process is going to continue. We’re going to use the UK talent that we can to go into Worlds Collide and keep that representation out there for as long as we can. And as we move things over here in the process, we’ll make all those decisions in 2023 about who’s a part of NXT Europe and who continues to stay here in NXT in hopes of getting a main roster call up."



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WWE announced the following:

WWE® to Launch NXT® Europe In 2023
08/18/2022

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- WWE® (NYSE: WWE) today announced that the NXT brand will grow internationally with the creation of an all-new NXT Europe, with the launch planned for 2023.

“Following the success of our live events and talent identification efforts throughout all of Europe, we believe this is the perfect time to expand NXT beyond the UK,” said Shawn Michaels, WWE Vice President of Talent Development Creative.

Launched in 2016, NXT UK has received critical acclaim and developed WWE main roster talent such as Rhea Ripley, Doudrop, Gunther and Butch. NXT Europe will reimagine the brand and its talent pipeline with a Pan European focus.

Prior to the debut of NXT Europe, Worlds Collide, a premium live event featuring NXT and NXT UK Superstars, will be presented live on Sunday, September 4 at 4 p.m. ET on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else



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