Last week the WWE Network aired the fifth and latest NXT TakeOver special event, and as expected the show drew high praise from the loyal NXT fans as well as the media and legends of the WWE, including the likes of Hulk Hogan.
The high praise and attention the event received continues to show just how NXT is flourishing under Triple H and why it’s one of the most must see shows in the wrestling industry, even if it only includes showing one episode per week, lasting an hour whilst the special events last two hours.
WRESTLING VS ENTERTAINMENT
But the incredible success and high levels of praise doesn’t sit well with everyone in the WWE. The NXT superstars and divas might be enjoying the attention they are receiving but according to Bryan Alvarez of F4WOnline, the WWE main roster superstars are said to be growing more and more frustrated.
The frustration is reportedly increasing due to the opportunities the NXT superstars and divas are receiving on a weekly basis. The NXT talents have a lot of time to compete in the ring and the end result is that they put on great performances which leaves the fans wanting more, and they then believe it’s the best product the WWE are giving to the fans and it’s becoming a more talked about brand in its own right.
Because of this the main roster talent believe they are stuck with short matches on television which mean nothing, and storylines aren’t advanced and they don’t have the time to actually put on a show and that’s why the fans don’t hold back with their feelings. The main roster superstars and divas do have talent, they just don’t get the same platform to show it all on, which is understandable.
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NXT focuses more on the wrestling side of things, the stars are given time to tell a story inside the ring, put on a great show and show off their move sets and at the same time they are improving, whereas the main roster emphasis is more about the entertainment aspect, where the matches and standards don’t matter as much as the entertainment and the manner in which storylines unfold.
Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer Newsletter also had his say on the situation, saying he continues to receive messages from main roster talent after the NXT specials and that it’s a common frustration.
He highlights that the top NXT performers are frustrated because they are not on the main roster yet and they aren’t making the money either and then they will get more frustrated once they realise their dream.
On the other hand he’s mentioned the WWE superstars are frustrated because they aren’t having the matches and the opportunities NXT superstars are competing in, as they know that even they can keep the fans talking if they are competing in front of hundreds of fans rather than thousands and in longer matches than they are used to on the main roster.
“WWE guys are frustrated they aren’t having the matches guys in NXT are when they know if they can perform before 400 fans in longer matches they can tear the house down.” – Dave Meltzer.
This isn’t the first time a report like this has emerged either, the final TakeOver of 2014 titled ‘R: Evolution’ saw Sami Zayn’s journey to redemption finally come to an end when he defeated Adrian Neville for the NXT Championship in an incredible main event match.
The event was so successful that it highlighted just how good the NXT stars are, as the media also weighed in on the success and it also brought in new fans who had never watched NXT before; and now they are hooked.
But reports back then also suggested that all of the focus was on NXT and superstars like Sami Zayn, Adrian Neville, Kevin Owens, Finn Balor and Hideo Itami rather than on the main roster with superstars like John Cena, Roman Reigns, Randy Orton and many, many more.
It was said that most of the main roster grew jealous of how NXT was being treated and how it was being booked and it looks as if this could be the case every time an NXT special rolls around.
You can’t fault the main roster for being frustrated at the lack of opportunities as NXT is a developmental territory where the stars are being built in the hope of reaching the main roster, so they’ll have all the focus on them before going to the main roster and reaching those heights; the main roster talent are probably frustrated even more because it’s the NXT stars who aren’t making as much money and aren’t the household names who are the ones receiving all of the attention right now, and will continue to do so as NXT continues to grow.