Hot on the heels of WWE Network’s popular show, Swerved, NXT’s newest edition of Takeover began with a swerve of its own on June 8.
Billed as “NXT Takeover: The End”, millions of WWE fans around the world had one question that dominated their minds: the end of what?
With a typically masterful introduction video package to the event, the full tagline was revealed as “The End… of The Beginning.”
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This reveal confirms the suspicions of many wrestling commentators, who speculated that the NXT special would be the end of the initial era, one that has skyrocketed the brand’s reputation to the moon.
Quick research will show that this is indeed true. Entering last Wednesday’s Network special, the NXT roster featured just one wrestler who had been with the re-packaged promotion since the very beginning, when it replaced WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling. That man is the workhorse of the company, Jason Jordan.
With American Alpha’s defeat at NXT Takeover, and the subsequent beatdown issued by a new invading tag team, Jason Jordan may very well be on his way up to the main roster as well.
After Jordan, every wrestler, male or female, was signed to NXT after June 2012, when the developmental territory was officially established, apart from its reality-competition roots.
The opening video package last week showed two distinct groups of WWE stars, lauding the former group as the alumni that have been launched to superstardom. The likes of The Shield and The Wyatt Family have dominated the main roster after their successful run at NXT, and Paige became the youngest female champion in WWE, en route to generating the first ripple of the Women’s Revolution.
The second group is headlined by marquee signings over the past couple of years, including Shinsuke Nakamura, Austin Aries, Samoa Joe, Finn Balor, and Asuka.
The stars have mingled with the rest of NXT’s second wave, creating stunning matches that raised the standard of sports entertainment.
For nearly four years, NXT has climbed its way up the ranks to establish itself as the place to be for any up and coming wrestler in the world. At the end of the day, the landscape of the yellow brand will look drastically different from the group that started it all.
Last Wednesday’s NXT Takeover was indeed “The End of The Beginning”, but do not be deceived for a single second. NXT is just getting started, and there is no end in sight.