During an interview with Michael Cole on the WWE website, SmackDown LIVE general manager Daniel Bryan had a lot to say about NXT and in particular three certain members of the developmental programme.
During the sit down interview, Bryan discussed several things about his current situation with the WWE, including his role as the general manager and his commentary role for the Cruiserweight Classic.
He also spoke further on why Brock Lesnar was his dream WWE opponent, but it was his comments made about NXT that sparked interest within the WWE Universe.
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Bryan was speaking about Finn Balor, who has recently suffered a nasty shoulder injury which made him relinquish the WWE Universal Championship.
Balor busted his shoulder during the match with Seth Rollins and is now facing months on the sidelines.
However, according to Bryan, Balor should have been called up to the main roster way before he actually was, and that makes the injury a whole lot worse for the Irishman.
"The most tragic part is that [the injury] happens as soon as Finn gets up here and one of the things that really upsets me is that he should have been here a year and a half ago," said Bryan.
"I understand that NXT is a very important part of our programming, but he was a Superstar when we signed him.
"Some people have to adjust to the WWE style, but that takes no more than six months for a guy like Finn, someone who turned 35 the day he debuted on Raw."
Bryan then continued to talk about NXT and revealed that they are keeping hold of two more superstars a lot longer than they should.
Both Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura should be on the main rosters by now, according to the SmackDown LIVE general manager.
"Samoa Joe should already be here and Shinsuke Nakamura should already be here as those guys are in their primes.
"The longer we wait, the more bumps they take, the more bruises they get and the more susceptible they are to injury.
"Everyone knows there's a finite amount of hits you can take in your career, and you don't know what that number is.
"The more times you take those hits down in NXT, the less hits you're going to be able to take [on the main roster]."
For Samoa Joe, he has just lost his NXT Championship, which means a call-up to the main roster could be in the pipeline, but as for Nakamura, he is the man that has just won the belt, so he could be set for a longer stay in the programme.
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