With WWE announcing new content for the WWE Network in the coming months, they also have some big news for NXT and its fans as Takeover specials will now air once a month.
On the current calendar, NXT airs four monthly specials throughout the year and 2014 proved to be a highly successful one for NXT and the superstars and divas involved.
NXT has now become a brand in its own right, fans prefer it over Thursday Night SmackDown and it rivals Monday Night Raw – some fans like myself prefer NXT over Raw itself – but the WWE are looking to continue capitalising on the success.
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After announcing a ton of new content for the WWE Network, they also slipped in the fact that NXT Takeover specials will air every month rather than four specials in the entire year.
“NXT TAKEOVER – LIVE! – AIRS MONTHLY ON WEDNESDAYS
The future is here. WWE’s hottest up-and-coming Superstars compete to prove they’ve got what it takes. More than just evolution, it’s a revolution! Witness these WWE Superstars of tomorrow as they take over the WWE Network with live two-hour specials.”
The current format used for the specials was actually a good set up, as it allowed the creative team to hype up the special events because the fact that they took place months apart genuinely made them feel special, there was enough hype around them and each match was built up as must see, something we don’t often see on the main roster pay-per-views.
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COULD IT WORK?
So there is a slight chance that the whole aura surrounding the NXT Takeover specials could disappear if they take place every month. The fact that each event is placed together with great thought means that none of them are rushed and it’s the very reason why we as fans continue to talk about the specials months after they’ve finished.
The likes of NXT Takeover R Evolution and Fatal 4 Way are still talked about thanks to the great stories the superstars and divas have told in the build-up and how well they transition it into the actual matches. The superstars and divas actually feel valued there and are highly rated because they are given enough time to showcase their talents.
However, the more content we receive from NXT the better. At the same time it can be argued that even though we are happy with the one hour of NXT we receive every single week, sometimes that hour doesn’t always provide enough time to build angles for superstars and create more storylines and show them consistently. So perhaps the extra hour per week wouldn’t be a bad idea as it would allow NXT to show off more of their talent and give them all a fairer platform to shine.
Having a Takeover special every month could be beneficial for NXT, if they can continue to churn out the talent and they all continue to put on quality matches, more fans will be on board and continue to support a brand rivalling the likes of Ring of Honor.
It will be interesting to see what plans are in place with the next Takeover set to hit the WWE Network soon.