NXT is the home of the next generation of WWE Divas and Superstars.
What happens in Florida will some day be the precedent in the WWE. With that being said, there appears to be a shift in key philosophy -- good versus evil.
The NXT roster is full of fan favorites; Enzo and Cass, Carmella, Apollo Crews, Samoa Joe and Asuka to name a few. Traditionally, a fan favorite is considered a hero or face, and his or her rival is a villain or heel.
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Face vs Face
As of late, the rivalries and storylines in NXT have centered around the spirit of competition more so than the plight of good vs. evil.
Crowd pleasers Apollo Crews and Finn Balor are scheduled to battle for the NXT Championship next week, and that’s a big deal for this very reason.
When two faces compete, the match is a product of talent against talent and skill versus skill. Both Superstars leave it all in the ring which makes for an intense and emotional ride.
Typically, when a face meets a heel, the heel “cheats” or uses unsportsmanlike conduct and it’s up to the face to overcome. Although the face/heel model can still work, maybe it’s time for the WWE to give its talent the stage to show us their talent.
Skill defeats gimmick nine times out of ten, and in this internet era fans are wise enough to see the difference.
There will always be a struggle between good and bad, but for the time being, the concept will have to rest on the back burner.