One of the best parts of modern-day WWE is the developmental product based out of Orlando called NXT.
It serves as a proving ground for many of the company's new talent. Whether that talent has no experience, like superstars such as Roman Reigns, or well-traveled masters of their craft such as Finn Balor, the environment at Full Sail University provides great competition for the wrestlers to prove they deserve to be on the main roster.
Paul Levesque, one of the WWE's Executive Vice Presidents and wrestling talent, known as Triple H, runs the creative and logistical aspects of the show.
The thinking is that eventually he and his wife, Stephanie McMahon will one day take full control of the company, and that this experience in the developmental management will help Triple H handle the main roster. In some ways, we can look at the NXT product as a preview for what's to come in the future of the WWE. Yet in other ways, that is not the case.
One obvious change we can see happening in the future is the size of the wrestling talent. On the older end of the spectrum, the Big Show, Kane, and Mark Henry represent the hulking brutes that have drawn audiences in the past. On the younger end, quick, athletic, and smaller wrestlers such as Neville, Finn Balor, and Sami Zayn dominate the NXT scene.
While there will always be a place in professional wrestling for gigantic, seemingly unstoppable monsters, the entertainers selling the T-shirts will probably be wearing some smaller sizes themselves.
As a subscriber to WWE Network, (Remember it's only $9.99!) I can watch NXT whenever I have time. I personally love the programming due to it's in-depth characters and generally more intense storylines. There is almost zero comedic fluff on the show and the characters seem to be augmented versions of the wrestlers real life personalities. This may cause some viewers like myself to hope and dream of the main roster having these kinds of characters and storylines in the future.
No Real Change
Alas, this may not come to pass. On a recent interview with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin on his regular podcast, Triple H was asked about NXT and how it will affect creative processes on the main roster in the future. He responded saying how he listens to the fans, but the fans watching NXT are "our most ardent fans, our a bit more hardcore fans, our young adult males."
He makes a great point. The same kids who sit in the crowd on Monday Night Raw may not necessarily have the disposable income to pay $9.99 a month for the WWE Network. So sadly, while in-ring action may improve to become an exciting, fast-paced affair, the future WWE may be subjected to things like the confusing El Torito and the cringe-worthy Funkasaurus.
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